Colo. fire department's Twitter account hijacked

A diplomatic feud between Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands is allegedly to blame for the hijacking of hundreds of Twitter accounts


By FireRescue1 Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Fire Department's Twitter account, along with hundreds of other accounts, was hijacked as part of an ongoing feud between European countries.

The Gazette reported that targets ranged from celebrities to sports organizations to government agencies. A diplomatic feud between Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands is allegedly to blame.

The department's profile and cover photos were changed to show an Ottoman Empire badge and Turkey's flag. The department was able to take back their account and it has since returned to normal, according to the report.

"Our passwords are changed and the city is working on it as a cybersecurity and IT issue," fire spokesman Capt. Steve Wilch said.

 

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