McDonald’s claims innocence in Burger King Twitter hacking

Jason Sickles
The Sideshow

Don’t blame the Hamburglar.

Burger King’s official Twitter account was McHacked about noon EST on Monday and changed to resemble their rival. The pranksters swapped the page's profile image to include a photo of McDonald's iconic golden arches and rewrote the account description to claim Burger King, “Just got sold to McDonald's because the whopper flopped ..."

Some vulgar messages were also tweeted and retweeted before Burger King bosses could get Twitter to freeze the account about an hour into the ordeal.

Burger King's chief competition quickly claimed they were not the culprits.

"We empathize with our @BurgerKing counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking." - @McDonalds

The pranksters fired off tweets like “if I catch you at wendys, we’re fightin!” before the breached account was suspended, the Associated Press reported.

Other messages reportedly contained racial epithets, curse words and references to drug use.

Burger King told the AP it plans to post a statement on Facebook later Monday to apologize, especially for the offensive posts. The company said it hopes to have the Twitter account back up soon.

Meanwhile, the twittersphere seemed to enjoy the lunchtime levity.

“The fact that @BurgerKing got hacked and turned into a @McDonalds feed is pretty funny. Never know what is going to happen in social media” - @ryancworkman

"Somebody needs to tell Burger King that 'whopper123' isn't a secure password." - @flibblesan