It was just going to be another boring day on the internet when along came a hilarious hacker with a taste for McDonald’s, Gucci Mane and caps lock. Is a criminal mastermind behind the @BurgerKing (and likely @Jeep) takeover? Nope — just a guy who plays shows in Rhode Island who left an unfortunate internet paper trail.
Zendesk said Thursday a hacker gained access to support information for some customers of its online help desk software.
"We've become aware that a hacker accessed our system this week," wrote Mikkel Svane, Zendesk's CEO. "As soon as we learned of the attack, we patched the vulnerability and closed the access that the hacker had."
Exotically coiffured businessman and self-appointed Republican visionary Donald Trump is the owner of the latest high-profile Twitter account to be hacked. Trump joins the esteemed ranks of Burger King and Jeep, with both companies suffering compromised accounts in the last few days.
The Trump hack was less colorful and briefer than the Burger King takeover. A single tweet was sent quoting a song lyric from Lil Wayne's verse in the will.i.am ditty "Scream & Shout." Trump appeared to declare, "These hoes think they classy, well that's the class I'm skippen."
In response to the hacking of Burger King and Jeep's Twitter accounts this week, Twitter put up a new blog post encouraging people to protect their passwords.
Here are Twitter's tips:
Burger King saw a surprising upside after its Twitter account was compromised on Monday: tens of thousands of people began following its account.
Those people may have started following the burger chain's feed in hopes of seeing more bizarre and profane messages. But by Monday evening, the company tweeted: "Interesting day here at Burger King, but we're back! Welcome to our new followers. Hope you all stick around!"