McDonald's Denies Hacking Burger King's Twitter Account

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Burger King's Twitter Account Hacked, Temporarily Suspended

Burger King (BKW) has regained control of its social media presence after its Twitter account was hacked over the weekend, and modified to look like the takeover had been engineered by fast food rival McDonald's.

A little after noon Monday, parties unknown took control of Burger King's official twitter feed, @BurgerKing. Whoever was responsible has a sense of humor: They changed the account's name to "McDonalds," switched the profile photo to the McDonald's logo, and posted a new bio asserting that Burger King had been sold to McDonald's "because the whopper flopped."

Burger King/ Twitter McDonald's hackThe hacker then proceeded to fire off a string of profane tweets, including claims that Burger King employees were using drugs in the bathrooms, and that the chain would offer a gram of bath salts free with every Big Mac.

After more than an hour of mayhem, the account was suspended, and eventually restored to the company's control. On Monday night, the feed's rightful managers announced that they were back, and made reference to the thousands of new followers they'd gained during the fiasco.


The only hint so far about who might have been responsible for the breach -- and it's far from conclusive -- is that, at one point, a tweet was sent encouraging people to follow the @YourAnonNews account, suggesting someone from the Anonymous hacktivist collective might have been involved.

More amusing, though, is who denied responsibility: McDonald's. The McDonald's social media team (which, we imagine, is taking a hard look at its own security this morning).


Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.






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jdykbpl45

Bought gas lately? Price up? Blame Obama!

February 20 2013 at 4:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fastfatty1945

I used to love BK but like all the rest of the fast food chains they are run by idiots who are sitting behind their desk collecting fat pay checks and getting stupid ideas on how to make a burger worse instead of better. It dose not help having kids making their food either because the few times I go to BK when they send out coupons I usually have to get them to do it over because they screw it up. I do realize that most adults can not survive on minimum wage and kids can so they should be hiring the 15 million illigal mexicans so they can put those sorry asses to work instead of putting them on our wellfare system. I think even a dumb ass mexican could make a burger.

February 20 2013 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

or perhaps some lets get even horse..

February 19 2013 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

It was the fired King

February 19 2013 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rdz69

very clever and funny! now children, go eat your spinach....

February 19 2013 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

BOTH places serve UNHEALTHY food. I eat at Subway.

February 19 2013 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lillian

HUh!!

February 19 2013 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jkingsire

You can't beat the taste of BK fries...

February 19 2013 at 2:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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aspman07

BK fries are disgusting.

February 19 2013 at 3:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Al

more like bugger king if you ask me lmao

February 19 2013 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bhalle1

a whopper with Mc'D's fries...priceless...

February 19 2013 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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joannecdsnj

bhalle, I agree I love whoppers but prefer McDonalds fries.

February 19 2013 at 6:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply