‘We just got sold to McDonald’s’: Hackers rebrand Burger King’s Twitter

Hackers have hijacked Burger King’s Twitter account, rebranding it with a McDonald’s logo and announcing the fast food chain had been acquired by its competitor.

The hackers took control of the US account on Monday, changing its profile and cover photos to McDonald’s Twitter account images and announcing that Burger King “just got sold to McDonald’s because the Whopper flopped”, Slashgear reports.

The hackers also posted a series of obscene tweets abusing Burger King and its employees, including allegations of drug use, racial slurs and obscenities. Over 50 tweets were posted before the account was suspended half an hour later.

Twitter has been targeted by hackers on a number of occasions recently, with over 250,000 passwords leaked from a hacker who broke into the service’s servers, and other brand accounts including Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees hacked.

The breach and subsequent tweets sparked a surge in follower numbers, which jumped 30% from 83,000 to 110,000 within that time.

Burger King said it was unsure who hacked the account. Spokesman for the fast food chain, Bryson Thornton, said they hoped to have the account up again soon, and will post a statement on Facebook apologising for the tweets.

The hackers changed the account’s profile picture to McDonald’s golden arches and the cover photo to McDonald’s new Fish McBites, and also tweeted “if I catch you at a wendys, we’re fightin!”

McDonald’s responded to the hacking by tweeting “Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking.”