Burger King’s Twitter feed on Monday fell victim to hackers who changed its branding to that of rival McDonald’s. No one has admitted being behind the stunt, but hacking collective Anonymous tweeted about the incident extensively.
The Burger King account was suspended on Monday night but a screen-grab posted by @AnonymousPress showed it saying: “Burger King USA official Twitter account. Just got sold to McDonald’s because the whopper flopped.” Posts from the Burger King account earlier on Monday also contained racial slurs, references to drug use and obscenities.
The list of amusing tweets posted by the hacker included a picture of a disgusting burger with the tweet: “This is why we were sold to @McDonalds. All our employees crush and sniff percocets in the bathrooms (sic)”.
A spokesman for Burger King said: “It has come to our attention that the Twitter account of Burger King brand has been hacked. We have worked directly with administrators to suspend the account until we are able to re-establish our legitimate site and authentic postings.
We apologise to our followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics.”