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Now Jeep has its Twitter account hacked; security concerns grow


By Noel Young, Correspondent

February 19, 2013 | 3 min read

A second major brand has had its Twitter account hacked in little more than 24 hours. Jeep is today's victim, with its background image changed to show a vehicle painted with the McDonald's logo and colors.

Jeep: new Twitter hack victim

A couple of tweets from the hackers read "#BOOTYGANG #ITHUG" and "We got sold to @Cadillac because we caught our employees doing these in the bathroom =[". An attached picture showed a man holding a bottle of pills, said AdAge.

By 2:02 p.m. New York time, the background colour was back to to black, though the hackers' tweets were still around. At 2:17 p.m., the handle's main picture -- which had been changed to the Cadillac logo -- had been changed back to a default image.

Meanwhile, the Cadillac Twitter account tweeted that it' was not responsible.

McDonald's was the subject of the hack of the Burger King account yesterday. The handle's photo was swapped out for an image of the Golden Arches. Similar to today's fake Jeep page, a tweet read, "We caught one of our employees in the bathroom doing this... #soldtomcdonalds #failurewhopper @McDonalds" and included a link to a picture of a man sticking a needle in his arm.

Twitter made no comment on the Burger King incident, citing privacy and security concerns for individual accounts.

But, said AdAge, the two connected hacks are bound to raise concerns about the site's security.

"Logging into Twitter is currently the same for brands with millions of followers as it is for individuals with 10 followers, meaning that a single password unlocks the account," said the magazine.

Twitter also doesn't currently have two-factor authentication enabled, as Facebook does but Twitter is apparently working on such a capability.

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