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Remember back in February 2013 when the @BurgerKing Twitter profile was hacked?
Sure you do. It was actually pretty funny – the exploiter changed Burger King’s Twitter header photo and avatar to the McDonald’s logo and made an announcement that BK had been acquired by Ronald and co.
Well, federal prosecutors have finally caught up with the person behind the hack, and it’s only taken them 17 months.
The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, which is used throughout the internet by pretty much every major website, ranging from Google to Facebook, Pinterest to Twitter. The security breach was fixed with the latest version of OpenSSL, and the internet was quick to patch the flaw.
However, half a million websites were believed to have been affected by Heartbleed, and it’s the responsibility of admins to install the fix. So… should you change your Twitter password?
2013 was a great year for social media, but a lousy year for digital privacy – certainly if the large number of serious data breaches of some of the most widely used services on the web are used as a measure.
If your Twitter profile has been behaving in a strange way and doing things like sending our tweets you didn’t write, following other users you didn’t authorise and telling everyone you know about the latest amazing diet tips and must-see celebrity nudity, chances are your account has been exploited.
Last week the world was rocked by a tweet issued by the official Associated Press (@AP) Twitter profile that reported that President Barack Obama had been injured after two explosions in the White House.
Except (and of course), the news was fake. There were no explosions at the White House, and President Obama had not been injured. The problem? The source, the @AP Twitter account, was real, and had been compromised by hackers, and Twitter has now warned journalists and media companies that they expect these attacks to continue.
On Monday the official Burger King Twitter account was hacked, with the anonymous exploiters cheekily changing BK’s header photo and logo to that of McDonald’s, claiming that the company had been acquired by its great rival. They also posted a number of tweets, many of which were decidedly unsavoury.
The social reaction was immediate, and immense. The tweets flowed. And flowed. And flowed.
Eventually, the @BurgerKing profile was suspended, and Twitter restored access to the rightful owners. But, all in all, a total disaster for Burger King, right?
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