While the majority of Chipotle’s 600,000 followers were sound asleep Saturday night, a few were awake to see the onslaught of their Twitter hack. Roughly 2 hours of racially aggravated Tweets spewed out onto users’ timelines.
The hackers got into the burrito king’s Twitter account by “compromising Chipotle’s domain name system (DNS)” then rerouting emails to a different location. How they got into the DNS is still a mystery, but email phishing is probable considering it is the number one method used by hackers to gain access.
We apologize for the very offensive messages sent out from our account earlier tonight. We were unfortunately hijacked temporarily. -Joe
— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) February 8, 2015
Chipotle has since apologized for the Tweets and “are now conducting an investigation to try to determine what happened and who might have been involved.”
This isn’t the first time that Chipotle’s Twitter has been suspected of being hacked. Recall in 2013, it was speculated that their Twitter was hacked when they began tweeting random irrelevant tweets for more than 2 hours. Hopefully 2015 is the year they learn their lesson.
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