Burger King Twitter hacked and changed to “McDonalds”
As I type, the Burger King official Twitter account (@burgerking) has been hacked with the name changed to “McDonalds”. Together with a golden arches logo put on to the avatar. At the time it happened BurgerKing had 80,000 fans, this is set to rise rapidly as the hack transpires.
The company information has also been altered to read: “BURGER KING® USA official Twitter account. Just got sold to McDonalds because the whopper flopped =[ FREDOM IS FAILURE?.http://mcdonalds.com”
Who Hacked the Burger King Twitter account?
It seems that the site has been hacked by Anonymous, the globally renowned collective of hackers who have been responsible for previous hacks on PayPal and Mastercard as well as most recently disclosing thousands of banker’s email addresses. However, other hackers were mentioned in the Tweets, plus the comments that were made did not carry the same wit or even political messages of previous Anonymous hacks. It is though a fluid collective of hackers so any type of personality could be involved.
The relatively non-sensical, unhumorous Tweets were being written by the hackers while many other Twitter users checked out the activity. As a plus BurgerKing managed to acquire 30,000 + new followers.
Interestingly someone somes up the sudden interest in BurgerKing’s Twitter account, (which was re-tweeted by the hackers) that “They may be hacked, but when was the last time ANYBODY talked about
@BurgerKing this much?”
Twitter Hacker Update
Within a few hours, BurgerKing had managed to get Twitter to take control of the account and freeze it. This morning BurgerKing were back online, with the knowledge that they were yesterday the talk of Twitter, had 30K more followers and the Hackers that took over the account did not have the humour or wit of previous Anonymous ventures.
It’s quite ironic that Burger King have come out of this all quite well.