A little more than 24 hours after Burger King’s Twitter account was hacked by someone who transformed the site into one full of McDonald’s promotions, among other more nefarious content, Jeep seems to have succumbed to a similar attack.
Tuesday afternoon Jeep’s Twitter account stated the company was sold to Cadillac. The account seems to have been recovered by Jeep, but they have not yet made an official statement. Most of the unofficial looking tweets have been deleted but a couple seem to remain as of the time of this posting.
The hack of the account wasn’t as aesthetically sophisticated as Burger King’s. The hacker left Twitter’s default profile picture (an egg) up for Jeep, although one tweet had the Cadillac logo. The content of the tweets were full of swear words, but here are a few cleaner examples:
Here is some of the reaction by others on Twitter to this latest hack:
It is unclear if this hacker is the same as the one who attacked Burger King yesterday. The drug-related content of the tweeted pictures makes it seem similar.
Burger King’s account was suspended within the hour of it being hacked. The company later issued an apology and said it wasn’t sure who was behind the attack.
“Earlier today, our official BK Twitter Account was compromised by unauthorized users,” Bryson Thornton, a spokesman for Miami-based Burger King Worldwide Inc., said in a statement. “Upon learning of this incident, our social media teams immediately began working with Twitter security administrators to suspend the compromised account until we could re-establish our brand’s official Twitter page. We apologize to our loyal fans and followers, whom might have received unauthorized tweets from our account. We are pleased to announce that the account is now active again.”
The account was up and running again late Monday, and The Atlantic Wire noted they had 30,000 more followers because of the whole ordeal.
Twitter acknowledged on Feb. 1 that cyber attackers may have stolen user names and passwords of 250,000 users. It said at the time that it notified users of the breach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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