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Social media alarm after Jeep follows Burger King as Twitter hack victim

Hijacking Twitter accounts is very much the flavour of the week in hacking circles, with the official Jeep account last night suffering the same fate as the US Burger King profile on Monday.

Just as the mischievous perpetrators changed the Burger King logo to that of McDonalds and tweeted that BK had been sold to its fast food rival, the Jeep meddlers said it had been sold to Cadillac and changed the profile picture accordingly.

"WELCOME BACK CADILLAC #300," read the first tweet of the hack. A stream of photos and messages followed, while the Jeep bio was changed to, "The official Twitter handle for the Jeep — Just Empty Every Pocket, sold to Cadillac… In a hood near you!"

Despite the numerous similarities to the Burger King episode, it has not been confirmed whether the same individuals were behind the hack - though use of the same "#OpMadCow" hashtag suggests a link. Monday’s Burger King tweets included references to the perennial mischief-makers Anonymous and its affiliate group, Lulzsec.

In a heart-warming exchange between two recovering Twitter victims, Burger King later tweeted “@Jeep Glad everything is back to normal.” Jeep replied, “@BurgerKing Thanks BK. Let us know if you want to grab a burger and swap stories – we’ll drive.”

Keen to quash any speculation they may have been responsible for sabotaging their rivals, McDonalds and Cadillac have both reassured the Twittersphere they had no involvement in the respective incidents.

Away from the social network, tech giants Apple and Facebook have also suffered cyber attacks in recent days. We’ve taken a look at who may have been behind the attacks and why.