Yesterday the official picture on the Burger King Twitter feed was changed by hackers in the afternoon with a message posted on to the Twitter feed of the company reading “Just got sold to McDonalds because the whopper flopped”.
The account, which has since been suspended, then saw several posts being put on to the timeline including racially abusive messages and a number of tweets referring to drug use and others including obscenities.
A spokesman from Burger king said about the hack: “It has come to our attention that the Twitter account of BURGER KING(R) 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 followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics.”
Even arch fast food rivals McDonalds were quick to state that they did not condone the hack on Burger King with a tweet posted on their own official twitter feed reading: “We empathise with our @BurgerKing counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking.”
As yet nobody has come forward to take responsibility for the hack on the Burger King account but it is widely believed that the collective group Anonymous could be responsible for the breech in the social media security of the fast food chain.
A message posted by Anonymous simply read: “We’re guessing the @BurgerKing social media team is having a bad day…”
The number of attacks by hackers on large multinational corporations appears to be increasing, or at least the medias knowledge of the attacks is increasing.
Only recently Facebook admitted that they had been the victims of a Zero Day attack on their social media platform, however it is believed that this attack did not come from Anonymous but instead from a source in China.
When social media sources are attacked by hackers it can be very embarrassing for those involved however the larger problem is that the hackers have the potential to gain private and confidential information from users of social networks.
Sites such as Twitter and Facebook hold a large amount of information about users which hackers potentially have access to.
Social media networks continue to constantly try to improve security on their sites to prevent user information being stolen by hackers.
If you suspect your social media account has been hacked then you are advised to contact the social media provider directly.