Pro-Turkey Hackers Hit Prominent Twitter Accounts

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter users, several of them high-profile, were hacked Tuesday by somebody United Nations agency seemed to support Turkey in its diplomatic row with European country.

Their accounts displayed a tetraskele -- reversed to face to the correct -- also because the Turkish flag and hashtags to the Nazialmanya and Nazihollanda accounts, that displayed comments on the attack.

The following message in Turkish, translated into English through Google Translate, conjointly was announce on affected accounts: "Now recent Turkey Nothing you have got Set regulate Absolute Wheel can Earn Traitors Crime Freaks required affirmative autoimmune disorder Verecek Elbet."

The hackers enclosed a regard to Gregorian calendar month sixteen, once Turkey can hold a vote to grant President Recep Erdogan a lot of power, and a link to a Youtube video presenting clips of speeches by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, among a literary work that seems to be threatening.

Among the victims area unit Nike European country, university, Starbucks Argentina, the eu Parliament, the BBC, Amnesty International and variety of high-profile folks, including singer Justin Bieber.

Twitter Leaps Into Action

Twitter Support on Wednesday reported that it had addressed the issue.

We identified an issue affecting a small number of users. Source was a 3rd party app and it has been resolved. No action needed by users.

Twitter had "moved the apps permissions to Twitter accounts globally," noted Willis McDonald, senior threat manager at Core Security.

Its response was "appropriate, given the number of accounts affected and also that the attack had to do with a third-party app and not Twitter itself," he told TechNewsWorld.

How the Hack Happened

The hack appears to have exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Twitter Counter, a third party app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, said Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security.

Twitter Counter, that lets users graph their Twitter stats, apparently has quite a hundred and eighty million users.

Its web site has been close up quickly, "for maintenance."

"If Twitter were a rustic, it might be the twelfth largest within the world,"

Its quite a hundred million users, and its capability as a period of time supply of knowledge, "make it a pretty and vulnerable target for account takeovers," he said, as a result of it offers unhealthy actors "access to the audiences of celebrities and makes with thousands of followers."

Gangsters or Governments?

It's seemingly that the attackers were operative in support of Turkey, Core Security's McDonald recommended, however they most likely were "a nationalist cluster and not state-sponsored attackers."

The hack "only caused minor harm to the general public image of the victim accounts," he said, and also the harm to Twitter's image is "minimal, since [it] was attributable to a third-party app."

However, "the harm to Twitter Counter is [worse] since their app's permissions are off from Twitter, that basically puts them out of business till they'll resolve the problem," McDonald aforesaid.

Twitter Counter users will take away the app from their devices and alter their account credentials, and since Twitter has removed the app's permissions, he noted, victims "only got to take away the offending tweets to right their accounts."

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