BREAKING: Massive Cyberattack On Twitter, Thousands of Accounts Hacked

  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Earlier today thousands of Twitter accounts apparently were taken over by Turkish or Turkey supporting hackers and they all started posting the same tweet :

Screenshot in case the tweet goes down:


A Bing translation of the message reads:

👌 This gives you a little 👋 too see you wrote the moisture 🇹🇷 LEARN Turkish

You can see the attack unfolding live via this twitter search widget:

As of the moment of writing, Twitter has not acknowledged the attack on their status page.


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    Google translation of the Turkish text under the video:
    Nazi Germany, Nazi Netherlands! Do not force the patience of the Turk. "We got out of this way by wearing our kefen" I was not kidding. I can not applaud the persecution; I can not swear to enjoy up from the past. Someone attacked an ancestor, even strangled! ... -You can not choke! -I'm not going anywhere unless I'm out. I can not get rid of it after three and a half. Especially if I died right injustice aka the plug will not. It is the berth when I am born; I have never tasted me golden tulip! Soft-headed isem, who said the docile sheep? Maybe it will be cut off, but it will not pull out! I saw a bleeding wound, my lungs, To relieve her whip, my double! Go wait for the man! , I do not mind. Chewing, chewing, keeps the right money! I am cruelly hostile and I am an oppressor ... Is that what you have in your dialect? Http://
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    The video that is referenced in the hacked tweets:

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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