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Twitter Account of Peter Alexander was Taken Over by the Hackers


Twitter account of Peter Alexander, National correspondent of NBC News, was taken over by the hackers on Sunday morning. The hackers then posted threats against U.S. President Donald Trump as well as posted Turkish propaganda.


The twitter account's handle, for a short time, was changed from @Peter Alexander to @PeterAlexanderv and then pro-Turkey tweets were posted, on Sunday morning, for not less than 30 min. One of the messages read like this: "Mr. Trump, countries who try to threat[sic] our country will end up its artery get cut. Be aware of the Turks and study our history. You won't defeat us ever."


Another tweet says that: "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." This tweet is referring to an unsuccessful military coup attempt against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President. It further referred to Trump's decision of imposing tariffs on the Turkish aluminum and steel, as posted on August 12, 2018, in washingtonpost.com.


The responsibility of the hacking is taken by a Twitter account holder having a name, Ayyildiz Tim. He also posted a tweet along with images from Peter Alexander's hacked profile. NBC Entertainment, journalist Yashar Ali, the Hill newspaper, New York Times, and White House correspondent of New York Times - Maggie Haberman were tagged in that tweet.


The United States in its response forced more sanctions on Turkey, and threatened them even more. The talks between both sides, this week, in Washington have failed to solve the spat.


U.S. President Trump, on 10 August, tweeted regarding authorization of doubling the aluminum and steel tariffs on Turkey by him. He further said that the aluminum imports tariff will be raised to 20%, whereas steel tariffs will be increased to 50% as Turkish lira "slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!".


Public relations team of NBC News, by 9 a.m., said that Twitter account of Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker, White House correspondent of NBC News, were compromised. The hack was for a brief time, and Twitter account of Alexander was restored soon.

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