Burger King's Twitter account, was hacked yesterday and its avatar was changed to feature McDonald’s fish nuggets on the top. The image was accompanied by the description: “just got sold to McDonalds because the whopper flopped =[ FREDOM IS FAILURE℠."
The Twitter attack wasn't all bad news for Burger King— the account added 5,000 new followers in the first 30 minutes since the hackers took over.
The last official tweet happened at 12pm on February 17 while the hack began at 12:01 on the 18th. The hack seems to be the work of an Anonymous group and is called #OPMadCow.
Followers were posting responses while the hackers were posting things like "Try our new BK(℠) Bath Salt! 99% Pure MDPV! Buy a Big Mac, get a gram free! @dfnctsc @tshyne @mcdonalds." TShyne is a musician and "innovator."
UPDATE: At 1:15 p.m. EST, it appears Twitter suspended the @BurgerKing account.
At 4:15 p.m. EST: Burger King shared a statement regarding Monday's Twitter hacking: It has come to our attention that the Twitter account of the 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 apologize to our fans and followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics.
Burger King's competition claimed they were not the culprits.
"We empathize with our @BurgerKing counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking." - @McDonalds