Burger King Twitter account hacked

News 19 Feb, 2013

Burger King falls foul of Twitter account hackers.

Burger King's Twitter account was apparently taken over by hackers yesterday, which resulted in its profile picture being changed to a McDonalds logo.

The fast food giant Burger King Worldwide suspended its Twitter account about an hour after it learned of the attack at 12:24 p.m. EST on Monday, company spokesman Bryson Thornton said in an email.

"It has come to our attention that the Twitter account of the BURGER KING® brand has been hacked," the company said in a statement.

"We have worked directly with administrators to suspend the account until we are able to re-establish our legitimate site and authentic postings."

Several tweets carried the logo of Burger King's larger rival McDonald's, but spelled the latter company's name incorrectly. Others sought to tarnish Burger King, the third-largest US. hamburger chain, and its employees.

"Just got sold to McDonalds," one tweet said, adding "FREDOM IS FAILURE".

The attack is thought to have lasted an hour.

At the time of writing, no-one had come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.