Anonymous, the "hacktivist" group, isn’t shy about taking responsibility, or credit, for disrupting any major company’s website.
But on Monday they asked their Twitter followers to #BlameAnonymous after they were accused -- wrongly, they said -- of hacking Burger King's Twitter account.
The group has claimed hackings of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, Boston Police Department, Central Intelligence Agency (for more than five hours), the official website of the Vatican and the United States Sentencing Commission, just to name a few.
But on Monday, when Burger King’s Twitter account was hacked and defaced with McDonald’s promotional offer, Anonymous said they were not to blame.
“We're guessing the @BurgerKing social media team is having a bad day...” they joked earlier.
Even though the hacktivist group maintained they had nothing to do with the fast-food giant’s Twitter account being defaced, some media outlets placed blame on Anonymous. McDonald's also sent out a statement saying they were not responsible for what happened to their competitor's account.
The group wrote: “Who DID hack BK? Well… that is still anonymous. ;) #WeAreAllAnonymous.” Typically, they would have taken credit proudly.
“Dear media, how many of you wrote that THIS account took responsibility for the BK hack? Read our timeline again…. you #fail again,” the group wrote.
Anonymous took offense at getting attention for something they didn’t do and asked their nearly 900,000 followers to #BlameAnonymous on Twitter.
“Since it's a great day to blame #YAN, what do you #BlameAnonymous for?”
The hashtag soon became on trending topic throughout the United States, with tweeters randomly blaming Anonymous for obscure things.
The started the trend with a few quips:
“Hear Justin Bieber is still making music, #BlameAnonymous” and “You just lost the game, #BlameAnonymous”
"Hiroshima & Nagasaki was only supposed to be a drop off, it accidentally blew wiping hundreds of thousands #blameanonymous"
Others chimed in with posts like:
“You have no anti-virus, and your password is 1234.... #BlameAnonymous” and “I have a lot of problems, and they're all clearly my fault, but it'd be much easier to just sweep them under the rug...and #BlameAnonymous"
Burger King's Twitter account is no longer verified and their tweets have been made private to the public.
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