Tech 2.0 for Monday, February 18, 2013
Burger King hasn't really been sold to McDonald's, despite what it says on Burger King's Twitter feed today. Someone apparently hacked the account, posting obscene messages and changing the profile picture to a McDonald's logo. The tweets stopped after a little more than an hour. Burger King says it reached out to Twitter to suspend the account and to get it back up and running again. Burger King usually tweets several times a week. Today, just after noon, Eastern time, someone tweeted on the account, "We just got sold to McDonalds!" Dozens of other tweets and retweets followed, including some that contained racial epithets, references to drug use and obscenities. A spokesman for Burger King says the restaurant chain doesn't know who hacked the account. The company says no other social media accounts were affected. At the beginning of this month, Twitter acknowledged that cyber attackers may have stolen user names and passwords of 250,000 users.
Facebook says it was the target of hackers but no user information was compromised during the attack. The social media giant said Friday on its security blog that the company discovered in January that its system had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. The attack occurred when a handful of the company's employees visited a developer's compromised website, which led to malware being installed on their laptops. Facebook says it has found no evidence that user data was compromised. The company has fixed the infected machines, informed law information and an investigation is remains under way. Facebook also says it was not the only company targeted in the attacks but was one of the first to discover it.
Best Buy is launching a new price-matching guarantee. Beginning March 3rd, Best Buy will match prices at all local retailers and nearly 20 major online competitors. The chain wants to end so-called "showrooming." That's when a customer goes into the store to check out the products, then buy it online for a cheaper price. Best Buy has struggled recently, as discount and online retailers like Amazon lure away customers.
It's tax season. So, you might want to know the status of your tax refund. The IRS has its own mobile app, called IRS2Go. You can do a number of things with the app including checking on the status of your refund or get your tax records. You can even watch videos from the tax man with tips on topics like preparing your tax return or preventing identity theft. The app is a free download on Google Play or Apple's App Store.
Burger King Twitter account gets hacked, claims chain sold to McDonald's http://t.co/n2MkPIwI
burger king's twitter getting hacked is probably the most interesting thing that’s happened all day and that's sad
lol burger king twitter got hacked its pretty good https://t.co/R3fvmZZY
Hackers infiltrate #Facebook, but don't steal any sensitive information, company says in blog post http://t.co/1T3T6Zcf
Facebook targeted by hackers http://t.co/AAJ2VfXq
Best Buy declares war on #showrooming http://t.co/n90hDIbR
Best Buy Has Declared 'Showrooming' Dead In Its Stores http://t.co/pxUziyny
Does Best Buy's low-price guarantee mean the end of showrooming? | http://t.co/oqJlkhPw
#IRS2go phone app and #WheresMyRefund systems are updated nightly. #IRS urges limited usage. http://t.co/yrJdiMHu