Pro-Erdogan Turkish hackers have targeted Twitter accounts of media personalities associated with Fox News seemingly so that they can gain a direct line of communication to President Donald Trump.
A group calling themselves the “Turkish Cyber Army” successfully hacked Twitter accounts belonging to former Fox News hosts Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling Tuesday and current Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume Thursday. The hackers appeared to be targeting media personalities associated with Fox News and using their accounts to post Turkish military propaganda and pro-Erdogan messages, but other accounts which the hackers targeted indicate that the culprits were not simply targeting Fox News — they were going after any account they believed could give them a direct line to Trump.
Trump follows 45 Twitter accounts, including Van Susteren and Bolling, giving each of those accounts the ability to directly and privately message Trump over the social media platform. Tweets that have since been deleted from Van Susteren’s account show that the hackers used her account to send a direct message to Trump’s account, urging him to retweet a pro-Erdogan video.