When I logged on to my Twitter account this morning, I saw that McDonald’s and Burger King was trending worldwide. So I clicked and I found out why. The hacker group Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) hacked into Burger King’s Twitter account. And for an hour and fifteen minutes; Anonymous provided people with a great laugh! The group tweeted out a slew of increasingly ridiculous or obscene items. Yes, that is the McDonald’s logo and name under the Burger King Twitter handle.
The first tweet under the hacking was “We just got sold to McDonalds! Look for McDonalds in a hood near you.” And the tweets just got nastier and funnier during the hacking! Check out some of the tweets!
One of the tweets even included a link to a YouTube video from Chief Keef. Chief Keef was sentenced to 60 days in prison for violating his probation from a following gun charge.
Burger King released a statement saying: “The Twitter account of the Burger King brand has been hacked,” said Bryson Thornton, spokesman for Burger King, who apologized for the incident. “We have worked directly with administrators to suspend the account until we are able to reestablish our legitimate site and authentic postings.”
Some Twitter users sent some funny tweets about this situation. One tweet read “Somebody needs to tell Burger king that ‘whopper123’ isn’t a secure password,” another read “Is the Hamburglar behind this?” And yes, someone sent a tweet saying “If we’ve learned anything from the @BurgerKing hacking, it’s that Social Media Managers sleep in on holidays.”
Burger King picked up over 30,000 new followers during the hacking. But this hacking should serve as a lesson to all of us. All social media users have to change their passwords on a regular basis. Using the same password for a long time can result in your account being hacked! And before someone asks; McDonald’s had nothing to do with the hacking!
As of 9 pm central; the @BurgerKing account is back up and running. They tweeted “Interesting day here at BURGER KING®, but we’re back! Welcome to our new followers. Hope you all stick around!”
- Burger King’s Twitter Is Hacked, Rebranded as McDonald’s (adweek.com)
- I’m Lovin’ It: Burger King’s Twitter Account Got Hacked (geekosystem.com)
- Burger King Twitter account hacked, McDonald’s was (probably) lovin’ it (digitaltrends.com)
- Burger King Twitter Account Hacked (mashable.com)
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