@BurgerKing Hacked–Are You Next?
Today someone got into the @BurgerKing Twitter account and eventually after one hour’s time, Twitter brought the hack to an end by suspending the account. Nearly three hours later, it’s still down. Yes, it’s a holiday but it’s having an impact on Burger King’s image, and even netted McDonald’s and their latest fish product.
There were a few comical moments on Twitter–when people started saying that WHOPPER123 wasn’t a good password. And of course, when the account went down some said Burger King was going to use a new, stronger password–WHOPPER1234. But ultimately, what happened wasn’t funny. And we doubt there are many at Burger King or McDonald’s who think it was funny.
Of course there is no real way to know if @BurgerKing‘s hacking today allegedly by @Anonymous was related to the 250,000 passwords on Twitter that were supposedly recently compromised, but now makes for as good as time as any to reset your own password security systems and to emphasize once again to your clients that they need to do the same–excluding the obvious NameOfBusiness2013 or Password123 that many seem to use thinking, well, I’m not sure what they’re thinking.
We hope the FBI and other federal organizations will be able to track the perpetrators of this crime, and it is a crime, let alone a civil liability issue.
DON’T TAKE CHANCES WITH YOUR PASSWORDS
There are a long list of suggested tips for passwords these days. But there are some basic things one never should do:
1) Don’t use the same password for every site. If hackers got your password from Twitter and that’s the only one you use, they can now get into your Facebook, Pinterest, bank accounts, and who knows where else.
2) Don’t use spelled out words in your passwords. Even using 1 for the letter 1 and 3 for E and zero for the letter O doesn’t security proof your password if you’re using H1Th3r3j03123. That’s just not going to cut it these days.
3) Don’t use your name, the name of your business, the name of your dog, cat, spouse, daughter, girl/boyfriend, in your password. Never use the year or 123 or 1234. And forget about your birthday.
BURGER KING, WE’RE HAPPY TO HELP
To the social media reps at Burger King, we’re happy to work with you in any way to help rebuild after this incident.
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