Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Twittered, as in hacked (been there)

San Mateo County Times/Associated Press Business, Candice Choi and Joshua Freed, 2/18/13., "Burger King Twitter account hacked, made to look like McDonald's"

Shop fronts of Burger King and McDonald's
Separate, competitive companies
Tweet:  "Hello, you just got sold to McDonald's"
"Somebody hacked Burger King's Twitter account on 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 left on Monday. .... But just after noon EST on 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 McDonald's 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!"  

...  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.  .... Twitter acknowledged on Feb. 1 that cyber attackers may have stolen user names and passwords of 250,000 users. ...."  Read article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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