Hackers take control of Burger King's Twitter feed

Hackers took control of Burger King's Twitter feed for a brief time Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo.
By JOSHUA FREED and CANDICE CHOI Published: February 19, 2013
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Somebody hacked Burger King's Twitter account Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo.

The tweets stopped after a little more than an hour, and Burger King said it had reached out to Twitter to suspend the account. A Twitter spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone message.

Burger King, which usually tweets several times a week, said it was working to get the account back up. Typical tweets promoted sales on chicken sandwiches, or asked how many bites it takes to eat a chicken nugget.

But just after 11 a.m. Monday, someone tweeted via Burger King's account, “We just got sold to McDonalds!” They also changed the icon to rival McDonald Corp.'s golden arches and the account's background picture to the new Fish McBites.

About 55 tweets and retweets followed over the next hour and a quarter, including some that contained racial epithets, references to drug use and obscenities. The account tweeted: “if I catch you at a wendys, we're fightin!”

Monday's appropriation of Burger King's Twitter account was a relatively mild example of cybersecurity problems, which are causing increasing concern in Washington and for industry. Media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post have all said this year that their computer systems were breached, while several NBC websites were briefly hacked in November. White House officials and some lawmakers are pursuing legislation that would make it easier for the government and industry to share information on how to defend against hacking.

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