Twitter accounts belonging to 2 former Fox News hosts were hacked

@ericbolling/TwitterA screenshot of former Fox News host Eric Bolling’s Twitter account on Tuesday.
  • Twitter accounts belonging to former Fox News hosts Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling appeared to have been hacked on Tuesday.
  • The accounts began tweeting pro-Turkish messages and uploaded images of what appeared to be their direct messages.
  • Van Susteren regained control of her account as of late Tuesday, but Bolling’s account remained compromised.

Twitter accounts belonging to two former Fox News hosts appeared to be hacked and began tweeting pro-Turkish messages Tuesday afternoon.

Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling’s accounts lost their blue Twitter verification checkmarks and the accounts began tweeting messages in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish army.

Van Susteren had 1.21 million followers, while Bolling had 888,000 followers as of Tuesday afternoon.

The hacks appear to be related, considering the changes on both Van Susteren’s and Bolling’s accounts were nearly identical. The top banner on their profiles displayed the same images and the accounts began retweeting each other’s hacked tweets.

“We got your DM correspondence,” a newly pinned tweet from Van Susteren’s account said. “We will show you the power of the Turk!”

Based on uploaded images from the television personalities’ Twitter accounts, the hackers also appear to have accessed Van Susteren’s and Bolling’s direct messages. At one point, Van Susteren’s account tweeted an image of a message sent to President Donald Trump.

By late Tuesday, Van Susteren appeared to regain control of her account. Although a few of her retweets of Bolling’s pro-Turkish messages were still displayed, the top banner and most of the hacked tweets were removed.

“As many of you know, my twitter account was hacked…I think I have now handled the problem,” the most recent tweet from Van Susteren’s account said. “What a waste of 3 hours to handle…but thank you @Twitter for helping me.”

Bolling’s account still contained many of the messages from the hack, as of late Tuesday.

Similar hacks targeting media organisations occurred as recently as Sunday. The account belonging to the Klaus Brinkbäumer, the editor-in-chief of the German news organisation Der Spiegel, was reportedly hacked and began tweeting pro-Turkish messages on Sunday.

Brinkbäumer said that he clicked on a link sent to him by someone who appeared to be a trusted source in Washington D.C.

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