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Anonymous hackers dethrone Burger King Twitter presence with McDonald’s theme

By Ethan Scheck | scheck.12@osu.edu | Monday, February 18, 2013

@BurgerKing was hacked Feb. 18 and changed to a McDonald’s Twitter feed.

As of noon Monday, Burger King was bought by fast food rival McDonald’s according to its own Twitter feed. Unfortunately for Burger King, it wasn’t the one writing the tweets.

According to speculation and multiple tweets from the hacked account, hacktivist group Anonymous pulled off this latest account hack, which it called #OpMadCow, for reasons unknown. The entire ordeal lasted less than an hour and a half before Twitter suspended the account at Burger King’s request, according to a statement released by Burger King.

Even in that short span, there was plenty of time to make multiple tweets while displaying a Fish McBites promotional cover photo, which remains easy to find due to retweets and screenshots being uploaded to various news sites.

The first tweet said, “We just got sold to McDonalds! Look for McDonalds in a hood near you” and was followed by a slew of restaurant-themed jokes, racial and obscene humor, and claims that employees took Percocet on the job.

Hacktivist group Anonymous seemed to take responsibility for the hack, as its account @YourAnonNews was tagged in a tweet from the @BurgerKing account reading “Everybody follow us! @YourAnonNews #OpMadCow.”

Another tweet read, “We’re guessing the @BurgerKing social media team is having a bad day...,” sent from Anonymous’ account.

Given the fashion in which it has built its reputation, chances are high that Burger King has done something to make it Anonymous’ latest target.

The question is what?
At the moment, there is not a clear answer.

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