Hackers allegedly took control of NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander’s Twitter account Sunday morning, posting Turkish propaganda as well as threats against President Trump.
The account’s handle briefly was changed to @PeterAlexanderv from @Peter Alexander and posted pro-Turkey tweets for at least 30 minutes Sunday morning.
Another read, “Mr. Trump, we will tear down blood vessels of those who are hostiles to TURKIYE. Be wise and learn about Turkish people in history. No one can take down our country.”
At 9:01 a.m. ET, NBC News’ communication department tweeted that the Twitter accounts of Alexander and White House reporter Kristen Welker “have been compromised.
— NBC News PR (@NBCNewsPR) August 12, 2018
Tensions are currently high between the U.S. and Turkey. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, accused Washington of leading an “economic war” against his country Saturday.
Alexander’s account was restored. At 2:29 p.m. ET, he tweeted: “Thank you @NBCNews and @Twitter for quickly responding after my account was hacked this morning. It’s been resolved. Now, back to work.”