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Erdogan Supporters Hack Brit Hume’s Twitter Account

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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Pro-Turkish hackers gained access to Fox News’ Brit Hume’s Twitter account Thursday afternoon and posted Turkish military propaganda, which prompted Hume to delete his account.

The hackers replaced the background image of Hume’s account with a pro-Turkey banner and tweeted an image of a Turkish soldier with the message, “To me, the Turkish army is the strongest army; because they are fighting not only with arms but with determination and determination with faith.” Hume deleted his account shortly afterward.

The incident comes only days after Erdogan sympathizers hacked the Twitter accounts of former Fox News hosts Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling, according to Business Insider.

Tweet posted to Brit Hume's account by Turkish hackers. (Twitter/Hackers of BrithumeTR)

Tweet posted to Brit Hume’s account by Turkish hackers. (Screenshot via Twitter/Hackers of BrithumeTR)

The hackers posted messages and images praising the Turkish military and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on each of the accounts and used identical account banners, giving the appearance that all three hacking attempts were related, according to BI. While the hackers have not been identified or declared their ultimate goal, it is notable that they targeted media personalities that are or have been associated with Fox News, since accounts belonging to Fox News personalities can be used to direct message President Donald Trump.

Van Susteren’s account featured a screenshot of a direct message which the hackers sent to Trump’s account, further indicating that the culprit’s goal is to gain Trump’s attention. Van Susteren has since regained control of her account and posted to Twitter to clarify that her account had been hacked. Bolling also regained control of his Twitter account.

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