Turkish PM’s top adviser’s Twitter account gets hacked

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A group of hackers have hacked the Twitter account of Mustafa Varank, one of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top political advisors, posting messages in solidarity with the protests for the memory of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old teenager who died March 11 after being in a coma for 269 due a head injured caused by a teargas canister during the Gezi protests in Istanbul Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Hackers changed Varank's background picture to Elvan's portrait, posting messages which pointed at Erdogan as Elvan's "murderer."

"We know who Elvan's killer is," read one of the messages, which also contained a picture of Erdogan with the inscription "I gave the instructions to the police."

Varank, also one of the most active users of Twitter among Erdogan's advisers, recovered his account a few hours later. "After voyeurism, montage and blackmail, they have also started to steal accounts. I think I have succeeded to get back my account. I apologize from my followers," Varank said via Twitter.

Before being hacked, Varank had posted several pictures from the southeastern cities of Bingöl and Bitlis, where Erdogan held separate rallies.

Protests were staged across Turkey over Elvan's day during a night reminiscent of the nationwide Gezi protests.

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