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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:12

Der Spiegel editor's Twitter account hacked


The Twitter account of the editor-in-chief of Germany's Der Spiegel magazine has been hacked and used to apologise for the "bad news" it published about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The hack occurred on Saturday and the hackers who gained access to Klaus Brinkbaumer's account put up a picture of Erdogan and the Turkish flag, according to a report on RT.

Alongside it, a message said: "We would like to apologise for the bad news that we have reported and published up till now about Turkey and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

Der Spiegel later issued its own tweet, saying that the message was not from Brinkbaumer. It said the "most recent tweet about Erdogan and the header are not from him. We’re taking care of it".

The original tweet was pinned on Brinkbaumer's account for about two hours and later taken down.

Like many other German news publications, Der Spiegel has reported extensively on the tense relations between Turkey and Germany.

It has also covered in detail the case of Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel who has been detained in Turkey on terrorism charges since February 2017.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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