Published On: Wed, Mar 15th, 2017

Prominent Twitter accounts compromised after third-party app Twitter Counter hacked


A series of distinguished Twitter accounts were hacked to chatter Nazi messages after Twitter Counter, a renouned apparatus for examining Twitter followers, was hacked.

Official Twitter accounts belonging to Amnesty International, Forbes and other distinguished organizations, not to discuss many unchanging users, were accessed to post swastikas and other Nazi-related messages in a pierce suspicion to be related to Turkey’s tactful spat with a Netherlands and Germany, the Guardian reported. The accounts themselves were not hacked. Instead, a enemy gained entrance to Twitter Counter’s service, that was afterwards used to send the tweets.

The messages have given been deleted, but Amnesty was among those to endorse that it had been compromised.

Twitter Counter, that is owned by a same primogenitor association as tech blog The Next Web*, reliable a issue. It pronounced that it had released a retard on a ability to post tweets from a use to stop a threat.

“One thing is critical to note — we do not store users’ Twitter comment certification (passwords) nor credit label information,” Twitter Counter CEO Omer Ginor added.

In further to that, Twitter reliable that it had taken movement on a side.

“We identified an emanate inspiring a tiny series of users. Source was a 3rd celebration app and it has been resolved. No movement indispensable by users,” a company said in a statement.

The occurrence is a sign that notwithstanding all of a options for securing a Twitter account, apps and services that bond to a amicable network offer a track for hackers to concede users. That was a box here. If you’re a Twitter user who connected many services to your account, afterwards it might be value reviewing or disconnecting them around this environment here to equivocate intensity issues in a future.

*Disclaimer: The author of this post was formerly employed by The Next Web

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