Twit­ter Accounts Hacked: Here is How to Pro­tect Yours


Thousands of Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday morning and were used to post Swastika emoticons alongside #NaziGermany (#Nazialmanya) and #NaziHolland (#Nazihollanda) hashtags, adding to the tension between Turkey and Europe.

Some accounts also had their background image replaced by that of the Turkish flag. The tweets also contain a link to a pro-Erdogan YouTube video, it is being called part of a pro-Turkey movement as it also refers to the referendum for constitutional change to take place in the country on April 16.

Several high-profile accounts including that of Amnesty International, BBC North America, Reuters Japan and Duke University were hacked too.

It has been seen that several of the tweets emerging from hacked accounts were associated to TwitterCounter, a Netherlands-based analytics application with over 2 million users.

In a statement to the Verge, a Twitter spokesperson said, “We are aware of an issue affecting a number of account holders this morning. Our teams are working at pace and taking direct action on this issue. We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted.”

How to Secure Your Account?

While it is clear that it wasn’t the micro-blogging website which was hacked, but an app with access to its user’s login information called TwitterCounter. It’s important to check which apps have been given permission to access your Twitter account.

  • Check Associated Applications: Access the Applications Page after signing into your Twitter account.
  • Remove all the old apps that you don’t use anymore and also the ones that you don’t recognise ever having permitted to work with your Twitter account.
  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Sign in to your Twitter account and head over to the Account settings to enable this security feature which is an efficient way to protect yourself against password hacks.

Other than this, we recommend you use different passwords for unique social accounts and also replace your password with a new one every year or two.

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