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After Sean Hannity’s Twitter is hacked, fans blame “Deep State” conspiracy

Hannity is one of several cable news pundits who have had their Twitter accounts compromised in recent weeks. Security research company McAfee disclosed last week that the hackings appear to be the work of a private Turkish group calling itself Ayyildiz Tim, which has been using compromised accounts for their own propaganda purposes.

“Once the accounts were compromised, the attackers direct-messaged the account contacts with propaganda for their cause or with a link to convince them to click on a phishing site that would harvest the Twitter credentials of the victim,” Ayyildiz Tim members Christiaan Beek and Raj Samani wrote in a blog post.

According to BuzzFeed, both liberal and conservative American commentators have been targeted, including former Fox anchor Greta Van Susteren, and Eric Bolling, CNN host Brian Stelter, New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi, and NBC reporter Ken Dilanian.

Once compromised, several of the hacked accounts have posted images purporting to show screen captures of direct messages sent and received from President Donald Trump.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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