Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling, two former Fox News hosts’ Twitter accounts were recently hacked, resulting in their accounts being filled with Turkish propaganda that support the European country’s controversial president.
The hackers then decided to send direct messages and tweets from the accounts of the former Fox News’ hosts.
Host Bolling left Fox News 2017 while Van Susteren left the network in 2016. The pair is among the exclusive group, of 45 accounts, that President Trump follows on Twitter.
In fact, the hackers also sent direct messages to president Trump from Van Susteren’s account.
From Van Susteren’s account, the hackers sent a message to president Trump asking the twitter-in-chief to share a propaganda video clip from his personal account: @RealDonaldTrump
The hackers made, Bolling and Van Susteren’s tweeter accounts to share messages in support of President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan.
“You’re hacked by Ayyildiz Tim, the Turkish cyber army!” read one of the Tweets. “We’ll show you the kind of power that Turk possess!”
“We love the Muslims in the world and Turks,” read a tweet shared on Van Susteren’s account. “And we condemn those who persecute [them], especially in the U.S, and we share their sufferings. We love Turkish soldiers. We love Erdogan. We love Turkey.”
The accounts were restored hours later, but not before the journalists, and Twitter users saved the tweets.
“It looks like Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling both got hacked by the Turkish hackers?” one tweeter user wrote, adding a screenshot of the tweets written in Turkish.
Van Susteren used to host a popular Fox News show, ‘On the Record,’ for 14-years before she was fired from the network after a contract dispute emerged.
Susteren’s dismissal came some months after the resignation of the former network CEO Roger Ailes following numerous allegations of sexual harassment.
Bolling, a longtime Fox News co-anchor, and host were booted from the network after he sent unsolicited pictures of male genital to three different colleagues.
Although Twitter didn’t immediately respond to requests for further info about the hackers; Bolling sent a tweet confirming that the breach had been done by the “Legit Turkish hackers.”
As many of you are aware, my twitter account had been hacked,” Bolling wrote. “But I think I have now tackled the problem.”
He added: “What a waste of 3-hours to handle…but thanks you @Twitter officials for helping me.”