Russian Hackers Blamed for Altering Anti-Trump Book Listing on Amazon

March 29, 2017 11:23 am


The publishers of On Tyranny, written by Yale professor Timothy Snyder, are blaming Russian hackers for altering the Amazon listing of the book, a manual for resisting President Trump and other populist leaders, according to The Guardian.

On Tuesday, the cover photo of the book was replaced with a non-existent coloring book with a similar title. On Tyranny‘s author was changed to “Timothy Strauss.”

The book’s description was also altered to include “Make [sic] World Great Again”—a clear nod to the Trump campaign slogan. In November 2016, a billboard appeared in Danilovgrad, Montenegro featuring pictures of Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a similar saying underneath (see below).

Cars pass by a billboard showing US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin placed by pro-Serbian movement in the town of Danilovgrad on November 16, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump spoke on the phone on November 15, evening and agreed on the need to normalise ties between Washington and Moscow, the Kremlin said. Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images)
Billboard in Danilovgrad, Montenegro showing US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in November 2016. (Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images)
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Snyder, a historian specializing in European history and the Holocaust,  told The Guardian that the slogan left by the hacker was only used by Russian or pro-Russian supporters. He suggested that the timing of his defaced Amazon listing was prompted by Trump’s recent failed health care replacement plan.

On Tyranny, a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon, is a collection of Snyder’s insights inspired by 20th-century history. The book’s publisher, Vintage, informed Amazon and the listing has since been restored.


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