#AceNewsDesk – Featured Twitter Report:Feb.19: Chipotle’s website has been compromised in a way that could redirect visitors or load malicious code onto their computers. The website was redirecting users on Feb. 7 around 6PM (PST) and later became unresponsive. Tripwire, that night, recommended not visiting the site until it is cleaned up.
The hackers apparently gained control of the Chipotle website domain. Technical and administrative contacts for the domain have been replaced with a message from the attacker(s).
The chain’s official Twitter account also was hacked.
The handle @chipotletweets was commandeered by someone going under the alias “TheCeltic666” who claims to be part of a group called TUGFeds. The restaurant’s Twitter account icon was switched with the image of a Nazi flag and several tweets from the individual(s) who hacked them.
In June of 2013 Chipotle had faked the hacking of their Twitter account as part of a marketing campaign. Given the content and images that appeared on their Twitter account with this compromise, this is definitely not a similar gimmick.
In this case both the website and Twitter account appeared to be back under the control of the company by 12:30AM Sunday morning.