Turkish activists took over social media accounts of U.S. journalists to praise President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The attacks targeted journalists from Bloomberg, The New York Times and Fox News.
Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, said the company recorded social media account takeovers by pro-Erdogan 'hacktivists' this week.
Hacktivists are activists that use cyber spoofing tactics to spread their messages. Those tactics can include website defacements or distributed denial of service attacks, which flood prominent websites with so much traffic that they crash.
By taking over media personalities' social accounts, these individuals can use the platform to temporarily promote their political stances.
The faction in Turkey call themselves Ayyildiz Tim, Meyers said. The group claims it is supported by Erdogan's security forces.
According to CrowdStrike, the organization took over accounts belonging to reporters Elizabeth MacDonald from Fox, Tom Keene from Bloomberg and Vanessa Friedman from the Times.
The hacktivist group also used the social media account takeovers to launch phishing attacks against people connected to those journalists.