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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

‘We know who Elvan’s killer is’: Turkish hackers take over PM aide’s Twitter account

Screenshot from twitter.com @varank 


A group of Turkish activists hacked into the Twitter account of a top adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, posting messages of solidarity with a teenage boy who recently died as a result of injuries sustained during mass protests last summer.

The Twitter account of Mustafa Varank, one of Erdogan’s top political advisers, was hacked Wednesday, Hurriyet daily reports.

Many messages posted on the hijacked account memorialized Berkin Elvana, a 15-year-old teenager who died Tuesday after being in a coma for 269 days. Berkin was struck in the head by a teargas canister during the now infamous Gezi park protests that gripped Istanbul in June. Berkin was not taking part in the protest, but was rather a passerby.

Varank’s Twitter cover was changed to Elvan’s portrait, and several posts accused Erdogan of being responsible for the boy’s death.
“We know who Elvan’s killer is,” read one of the messages, which also included a photograph of Erdoğan with the inscription: “I gave the instructions to the police.”
 
Varank, who is known for embracing social media, regained control of his account several hours later.
“After voyeurism, montage and blackmail, they have also started to steal accounts. I think I have succeeded to get my account back. I apologize to my followers,” Varank tweeted.


People run as riot police fires tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Ankara March 12, 2014 (Reuters / Umit Bektas)
People run as riot police fires tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Ankara March 12, 2014 (Reuters / Umit Bektas)

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