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Hackers took over the Twitter account of NBC journalist Peter Alexander on Sunday and directed a series of threatening messages at President Trump. “Mr Trump, we will tear down blood vessels of those who are hostiles to TURKIYE,” one message from the “Turkish Cyber Army” read. “No one can take down our country,” the hackers wrote. Apparently in response to Trump’s tariffs against Turkey, the hackers accused the U.S. of trying to “defeat” Turkey with an “economic crisis.” Several other tweets were sent out in Turkish. NBC News confirmed the cyber attack on Alexander’s account and said the account of White House correspondent Kristen Welker had also “been compromised.”
The Washington Post reports:
For at least a half-hour Sunday morning, Alexander’s Twitter account was filled with such tweets: “Mr Trump, we will tear down blood vessels of those who are hostiles to TURKIYE. Be wise and learn about Turkish people in history.”
Another tweet says: “Turkey was born again on July 15, 2016, while we are planning to destroy with FETO and coup attempt. Now we are trying to do with economic crisis. You remember how did we destroy Iraq with lies? TARGET TURKIYE, LAST CASTLE STANDING.” The tweet refers to a failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It also appears to reference President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum.
The hackers also littered Alexander’s account with images and videos in support of Turkey and showing Erdogan.
NBC White House reporter’s twitter hacked by someone sending dramatic messages to Trump about Turkey. pic.twitter.com/q9vKtlvlH8
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) August 12, 2018
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