Printing-ink veterans don't take cyberspace journalists too seriously - Roy Greenslade, Guardian Online
FAST FOOD OUTFIT Burger King is a bit red-faced today after admitting that its Twitter account was hacked.
The company, which you might have heard of, sells cheap hamburgers and is chiefly a rival to that other fast food place with the golden arches. However last night, in the hands of mischief makers its Twitter account was recommending its rival's products over its own.
Those responsible are unknown so far, but we can assume that they are a mischievous bunch.
As well as taking over Burger King's Twitter account and sending out tweets for almost an hour, they changed the image on the page to that of the other place, and suggested that the firm had been sold.
"We just got sold to McDonalds! Look for McDonalds in a hood near you," said one message. "Try our new BK (sm) Bath Salt! 99% Pure MDPV! Buy a Big Mac, get a gram free!" added another.
McDonalds has already denied that it pranked its competitor, and offered its sympathies.
We empathize with our @burgerking counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking.— McDonald's (@McDonalds) February 18, 2013
Burger King is contrite. It has been through the hackers' messages with an axe, chopping all of the fake ones from its Twitter stream and leaving, "Interesting day here at BURGER KING, but we're back! Welcome to our new followers. Hope you all stick around!"
We assume that it now has a very strong password on its Twitter account.
The firm is one of a series to admit to some sort of security attack recently, and its problems come on the heels of assaults on Twitter and Facebook, as well as publishers The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. µ
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