Hackers are at it again when it comes to hacking popular franchise/celebrity Twitter accounts. This time, hackers went after Burger King’s account, in what seems like an attack from overzealous McDonald’s fans. From vandalizing it into a McDonald’s ad to retweeting tweets that mocked Burger King for getting hacked, and even tweets that advertise mock products like the “BK(℠) Bath Salt!”
While the page has been blanked, at first, the entire Twitter page had been transformed to look exactly like it was McDonald’s. The hacker(s) involved changed the bio to make it seem like the company had been sold, saying, “Just got sold to McDonalds because the whopper flopped.” Burger King took action and had the account suspended, and the Chicago Tribune reports that Burger King sent in an apology stating, “We apologize to our fans and followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics.”
Moments after the account went down, it reopened by those responsible for hacking it in the first place, and quickly amassed over 40,000 followers and it continues to grow.
So, who’s responsible for the attack? Was it Anonymous, who, unsurprisingly, seem like the likely candidate? According to Gawker, evidence points to a group that goes by the handle @DFNCTSC (Defonic Team Screen Name Club) being responsible. The group also took part in hacking Paris Hilton’s phone years back.
At the moment, Burger King hasn’t taken back control of their Twitter account, and hundreds of thousands of people take joy in laughing at BK’s expense.
Update: Burger King’s Twitter was locked and reopened just recently, assuming they were removing all the vandalism on their account and restoring everything (they still have a lot of work to do). Burger King then proceeded to be a good sport about it, tweeting that they’re back and that they “welcome” their new followers.