Burger King, Justin Bieber & More Famous Names That Have Been Hacked (PHOTOS)

Fox News, Britney Spears, and more who have been hacked. Jean Trinh finds the most famous cyber pranks.

Famous victims of cyber hacking

Fox News erroneously reported a presidential death. Britney Spears paid allegiance to the dark lord. Hayley Williams got naked on the Twitterverse. See more of celebrities and companies who have been victims of cyber hacking.




Burger King’s Twitter Hacked

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Burger King

Burger King is in a whopper of a PR mess. The fast food empire’s Twitter account was taken over by hackers, who switched their avatar to an image of rival McDonald’s golden arches and changed their profile description to “Just got sold to McDonalds because the whopper flopped =[ FREDOM IS FAILURE.” The mastermind referenced computer hacking groups like LulzSec and Anonymous, and tweeted a slew of drug references and racial obscenities. Burger King suspended the Twitter account, resurrected it, and then posted, “Interesting day here at BURGER KING®, but we're back! Welcome to our new followers. Hope you all stick around!”

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Axl Rose

With the flop of the long-awaited “Chinese Democracy” album, Guns N’ Roses could benefit from any positive press. However, it’s a jungle out there in the Twitterverse. In 2010, front man Axl Rose allegedly tweeted, “All upcoming Guns N' Roses dates are officially canceled. Please contact your place of purchase for any refunds.”  After quickly discovering Rose’s account had been hacked, the UK promoters quickly announced that the European tour was still on schedule for the Reading and Leeds festivals.

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears may have had a reputation for being a bad girl, but not this bad. The pop diva’s Twitter account was hijacked by hackers, who transformed her microblogging site into a soapbox for Satan worship. Fake posts included “I give myself to Lucifer every day for it to arrive as quickly as possible. Glory to Satan!” Spears is familiar with getting her Twitter compromised; earlier in 2009, another phony tweet surfaced, saying, “HI Yall! Brit Brit here, just wanted to update you all on the size of my vagina. Its about 4 feet wide with razor sharp teeth.”

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Cyber pranksters seem to be having a field day with major corporations lately. Just a day after Burger King’s Twitter account was hacked, carmaker Jeep became the next target. The Jeep avatar was replaced with a Cadillac logo, with an attack similar to that of Burger King—referencing drug use by employees and vulgarities. Cadillac immediately tweeted at Jeep that they were not responsible for the security breach, and Jeep quickly resolved the issue.

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Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne is no stranger to starting beef with other rappers, so when he became the latest victim of Twitter hacks, followers weren’t sure if his tweet to rapper Soulja Boy was bogus or not. The tweet read, “I sent a donations to your paypal, check it, I heard you got 13,000 sales lil homie, i feel bad for you! #DamnSoulja.” However, when the tweets became self-deprecating, his fans knew something was amiss.

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Fox News

In 2011, the Fox News Twitter feed included disturbing phony messages to its followers about President Barack Obama’s assassination, with a string of tweets in the same vein as, “BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It’s a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP.” The posts were quickly taken down, but a Secret Service conference was held due to the gravity of the messages, as reported in The New York Times.

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Khloe Kardashian

On April 1, 2011, Khloe Kardashian had problems keeping up with her Twitter. Bogus tweets were posted on the socialite’s account, and the hacker seemed to have a penchant for teenage poop humor and Kardashian’s sex life with husband Lamar Odom. The Daily Mail reported that the vulgar tweets were an April Fool’s joke and the brainchild of Nicole Ritchie, though it was never confirmed.

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Huffington Post

Even news sites aren’t safe from cyber hacks. The Huffington Post’s hacker sent out a series of offensive tweets in Jan. 2012 to its followers—ranging from homophobic to racist comments. It even gave a shout out to competitor New York Post, saying “New York Post rules!!!”

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Justin Bieber

Reaching 19 million followers on Twitter is a milestone for anyone, including the Biebs. But the teen heartthrob’s #1 enemy wasn’t celebrating with the singer when he broke into his account and wrote, “19 million my ass. #biebermyballs” The infamous hashtag later became a trending topic.

Rick Sanchez

Prolific tweeter and former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez became the butt of jokes in the cyber world when a hacker posted on his microblogging site, “i am high on crack right now might not be coming to work today.”

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Hayley Williams

Paramore singer Hayley Williams faced every celebrity’s nightmare—having her topless photos stolen from her computer and posted on her Twitter to more than 600,000 followers, as reported by MTV. When she got back control of her account, she tweeted, “well... my night just changed drastically. got hacked.”

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Banking giant Citigroup, Inc. faced a flurry of problems when they discovered a data breach in May 2011. Although important information like Social Security numbers and birth dates of customers weren’t compromised, details like card numbers and email were. The New York Times reported that more than 360,000 customer accounts were affected.

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P. Diddy

Oftentimes, P. Diddy is seen touting Ciroc vodka, but advertising mobile phones is not on his product-placement radar. The rapper’s Twitter account was compromised when a suspicious message surfaced urging followers to get a Verizon phone from Tribeca. An avid tweeter, he quickly noticed the problem and posted, “Don't go cop no new phone from nowhere in Tribeca. Someone tried to break into my Twitter. lol."

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Ashton Kutcher

Nobody punks Ashton Kutcher, especially in his Twitterverse. The Two and a Half Men star was the victim of an online prank when a hacker tweeted about Kutcher’s potential love interest, Lorene Scafaria, and showed a map on Foursquare of the actress’s home. Kutcher vowed revenge on the prankster and wrote, “You hacked my Foursquare and I now know your address. Whoops… This is gonna be fun.”