If you follow Chipotle on Twitter, you were probably surprised to see some very offensive messages posted on its account over the weekend. The tweets weren't the result of a bizarre PR campaign or a disgruntled employee seeking revenge, though. The popular Mexican food chain was actually the latest business to fall victim to social media hackers.
Very early Sunday morning, the official @ChipotleTweets account began sending out homophobic, racist and anti-government tweets to followers. The account's Chipotle logo was also replaced by a swastika. The company eventually took back control of the account and issued an apology.
We apologize for the very offensive messages sent out from our account earlier tonight. We were unfortunately hijacked temporarily. -Joe
— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) February 8, 2015
Chipotle's communications director Chris Arnold also confirmed the attack and said that the perpetrators took control of the Chipotle's Twitter account for about two hours.