Hackers took control of the official Burger King Twitter account last night, claiming that the fast food chain had been sold to rivals McDonalds.
Around late afternoon, the icon was changed to a McDonalds logo and the text said that the chain had been sold 'because the Whopper flopped'. As captured by Buzzfeed, the takeover lasted around an hour with some tweets containing racial slurs, obscenities and references to drugs.
The account was eventually suspended and put back into the hands of the owners, who said in a statement: “It has come to our attention that the Twitter account of the Burger King brand has been hacked. We have worked directly with administrators to suspend the account until we are able to re-establish our legitimate site and authentic postings.
“We apologise to our fans and followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics.”
Twitter said that it does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.
McDonalds absolved itself of any responsibility, tweeting that it empathised with its counterparts at Burger King. “Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking,” it said.
As for who was responsible, hacktivists Anonymous left a teaser tweet of ‘Who DID hack BK? Well… that is still anonymous', while Gizmodo pointed to a collective called the Defonic Team Screen Name Club.
Burger King itself picked up tens of thousands of new Twitter followers and tweeted after an ‘interesting day', that it was back and hoped the new followers ‘all stick around'.
This once again shows the weakness of a service when it is only protected by a single password and if it is not particularly strong, it can lead to incidents such as this.