McDonald's Twitter Account Compromised: Posts Offensive Anti-Trump Tweet
The company later posted a tweet citing that that its account had been compromised and it was investigating the breach. The damage, however, had been done as the tweet went viral online and was re-tweeted many times.
This incident comes just a day after many top-tier officials, news organizations and government agencies had their Twitter accounts hacked.
McDonald's has issued a statement acknowledging the hack and has apologized for the incident.
"Based on our investigation, we have determined that our Twitter account was hacked by an external source. We took swift action to secure it, and we apologize this tweet was sent through our corporate McDonald's account," read an official statement on McDonald's website.
McDonald's was also alerted by Twitter of the issue. The company took prompt action and deleted the offending tweet targeting President Trump.
Twitter notified us that our account was compromised. We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this.
— McDonald's (@McDonaldsCorp) March 16, 2017
Why Are These Hacks Common?
Twitter accounts are soft targets because of the large following they gather. Tweets spread at the speed of lightning and, therefore, have become one of the most preferred modes of attack by hackers.
Even though Twitter has a two-layer security authentication service, hackers are not deterred to try and breach these walls and post errant tweets. The social networking site has declined to comment on the issue, justifying that its privacy and security policies hold them back from releasing a statement.
What Had Been Tweeted?
The malicious tweet sent from @McDonaldsCorp read: "@realdonaldtrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands."
President Donald Trump, who is an active member on the site did not react to the incident. Some important Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday and anti-Nazi tweets were sent out in Turkish, in midst of a political conflict between Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey.
Who Was Responsible?
The attack was reportedly carried out by a third-party app, which has since been banned. The irony of the incident is that President Trump is a fast-food lover. He has often tweeted pictures of him eating food from McDonald's and various other fast food chains.
Researchers have determined that this incident would do little to shame the fast food chain's image. It however, does raise security concerns as hacking is becoming a common phenomenon these days.
This tweet has caused a global sensation on Twitter, as apart from being re-shared, several memes have also sprung up.
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