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Chipotle Twitter gets hacked, sends flurry of racist tweets

Sometimes the fast-food burrito chain Chipotle is pretty good at Twitter other times, not so much. Earlier this week, Chipotle asked its fans to tweet haikus about how much they loved the burritos and the results were not a disaster, which is about the best #brands on social media can hope for at this point. All was good. 

Then, a few days later, the company's Twitter account was hacked, its avatar was changed to a swastika, and it started tweeting a stream of trolling bile. 

The hack occurred late Saturday night. While the takeover only lasted a few minutes with the tweets quickly being scrubbed from the company's account, screenshots of the message started circulating around the microblogging service almost immediately.

It appears as if the attack was accomplished by the hackers compromising Chipotle's domain name system (DNS), which converts numerical IP addresses into actual words human beings can understand. 

The hackers were able to compromise Chipotle's DNS and make it so emails originally sent to an internal company email address were instead routed to one they controlled. 

Once they had access to Chipotle's email, all the hackers had to do was ask for a password reset on the account, intercept the email, change the password to something of their choosing, and then start tweeting Nazi stuff. 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Parker Higgins told to the Daily Dot that, even though the hackers messed with Chipotle's DNS, it doesn't mean the company's official website was necessarily compromised. DNS functions on a different "layer" of the Internet than do websites, so the hackers may have only had the ability to point traffic initially directed to Chipotle to other online locations. 

Representatives from Chipotle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The hackers used that ability to redirect visitors to Chipotle.com to the Twitter profile of the person claiming credit for the attack. 

Naturally, everyone on Twitter hoped that the hack would somehow result in getting free burritos—even though it almost certainly won't. Everyone knows the only way to get free Chipotle is to write burrito-themed haikus.


By Aaron Sankin (The Daily Dot)