>> A diplomatic spat between Turkey, the Netherlands, and Germany spreading online. A large number of Twitter accounts hijacked on Wednesday replaced with anti-Nazi messages in Turkish. President Tayyip Erdogan has accused the German and Dutch governments of Nazi style tactics. And has slammed them for stopping Turkish rallies intended to boost support for the President among ex-pats.
That ahead of a referendum in April which would consolidate his powers. Reuters' Eric O'Shaw explains the significance of the attacks.>> The relations between the Netherlands and Germany, we of Turkey have fallen to a new low in the past week. That's playing out on a grand stage between politicians and states.
The protests today are the equivalent street protests. Effectively, people are defacing a handful of high-profile Twitter profiles to make their political points.>> The cyber attacks used the hash tag, NaziAlmanya, Nazi Germany, or NaziHollanda, Nazi Holland. The victims included the European Parliament, the UK Department of Health, Reuters Japan, Forbes, and Amnesty International.
They featured tweets with Nazi symbols and the phrase, see you on April 16th, the date of the planned Turkish referendum.>> The hacks today follow a series of earlier attacks that have played out in the last few days in the Netherlands. And there were distributed denial of service attacks against the website of the politician Geert Wilders, and there was also an attack on the Rotterdam Airport.
The same group that claimed credit for those attacks, an apparent Turkish nationalist group was also involved in a series of attacks against Austrian websites last year, when there was a similar diplomatic row with Austria.>> Twitter says it has begun to investigate. All this after Dutch vote in an election, seen as a test of anti-establishment and anti-immigrant sentiment.