Burger King's Twitter feed hit by Big Mac hack attack

Feb 18, 2013
An employee serves customers at the Burger King fast food restaurant in Marseille's airport, in Marignane, southern France, on December 22, 2012. Burger King sustained a virtual Big Mac attack Monday when its Twitter account was apparently hacked then redesigned with a bogus claim of a corporate takeover by McDonald's.

Burger King sustained a virtual Big Mac attack Monday when its Twitter account was apparently hacked then redesigned with a bogus claim of a corporate takeover by McDonald's.

Its @BurgerKing account briefly sported the McDonald's golden arches logo, a curt statement that Burger King "just got sold to McDonald's" and tweets promoting Chicago rapper Chief Keef before it was abruptly suspended.

There was no immediate comment from .

On its own Twitter feed, McDonald's said: "We empathize with our @BurgerKing counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking."

Meanwhile, a spokesman told AFP by email: "We don't comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons."

It was unclear if Keef had any role in the incident. According to the AllHipHop.com music blog, the 17-year-old is currently serving a 60-day sentence in juvenile detention on a gun charge.

Monday was Presidents' Day, a public holiday in the United States.

Explore further: Net neutrality balancing act

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

NYC french fries fail trans fats testing

Aug 02, 2007

The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest says both Burger King and Wendy's New York City french fries contain unsafe levels of trans fats.

Art project draws US Secret Service interest

Jul 08, 2011

A New York electronic artist who took pictures of shoppers using computers in Apple stores as part of a project has drawn the attention of the US Secret Service.

Tech blog says Twitter bought TweetDeck

May 03, 2011

Twitter on Monday declined to comment on a renewed report that the microblogging service has bought a TweetDeck service used to "tweet" from mobile phones and tablet computers.

Secret Service to probe hack on Fox News Twitter

Jul 04, 2011

(AP) -- The Secret Service said Monday it will investigate the hacking of Fox's political Twitter account over updates claiming that President Barack Obama had been assassinated. ...

Recommended for you

Net neutrality balancing act

9 hours ago

Researchers in Italy, writing in the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management have demonstrated that net neutrality benefits content creator and consumers without compromising provider innovation nor pr ...

Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row

Apr 16, 2014

Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service.

How does false information spread online?

Apr 16, 2014

Last summer the World Economic Forum (WEF) invited its 1,500 council members to identify top trends facing the world, including what should be done about them. The WEF consists of 80 councils covering a wide range of issues including social media. Members come ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

plasticpower
not rated yet Feb 18, 2013
The best part were the "bath salted fries" haha

More news stories

Deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequenced

Within each strand of DNA lies the blueprint for building an organism, along with the keys to its evolution and survival. These genetic instructions can give valuable insight into why pathogens like Cryptococcus ne ...

Researchers discover target for treating dengue fever

Two recent papers by a University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher and colleagues may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines for Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other ...