Buffalo Wild Wings on Ambien? Company’s Twitter account hacked with racist content
The breach occurred on Friday night. The unknown hackers sent several tweets in a short period to the account’s 700,000 followers.
The since-deleted tweets included references to missing child Madeleine McCann, Wendy’s fast food chain and paedophilia, and multiple uses of the N-word and other racial slurs. The tweets included disturbing claims about the company’s “secret sauce.”
Well, we were hacked. And it wasn’t funny. We apologize for the awful posts, which obviously did not come from us.— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) June 2, 2018
“Well, we were hacked. And it wasn’t funny.” Buffalo Wild Wings wrote once it regained control of its Twitter account. “We apologize for the awful posts, which obviously did not come from us.”
One of the rogue tweets referred to media personality Tariq Nasheed. He tweeted a response to the tweet. “I don't know if they were hacked or not, but I’m still waiting on Buffalo Wild Wings to issue me an apology for this tweet about me. So far they have been pretty quiet.”
I don't know if they were hacked or not, but I'm still waiting on Buffalo Wild Wings to issue me an apology for this tweet about me. So far they have been pretty quiet. @BWWingspic.twitter.com/TLLfMDLOTC— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) June 2, 2018
He tweeted again to tell his followers that he has “a bunch of white supremacists harassing me because of the tweet from the BWW account. I’m willing to settle out of court for an 80 piece order of Lemon Pepper wings and some curly fries.”
Finally Buffalo Wild Wings verified that they were hacked. But I still have a bunch of white supremacists harassing me because of the tweet from the BWW account.. I'm willing to settle out of court for an 80 piece order of Lemon Pepper wings, and some curly fries https://t.co/hbPWKPyoOG— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) June 2, 2018
We got you, and can do better than an 80-piece. DM us for details.— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) June 2, 2018
The chain responded: “We got you, and can do better than an 80-piece. DM us for details.”
One of the tweets reportedly sent during the hack was a photograph of a young man covering most of his face with a scarf, sparking speculation it may have been the hacker. Others speculated that his use of the word “nonces” and the reference to British missing child McCann suggests the hacker was from the UK.
What kind of moron hacks Buffalo Wild Wings twitter, says a bunch of racist stuff, then posts a photo which is most probably the hacker himself?! pic.twitter.com/EBkMdIISkB— Indy 08 (@Independence24) June 2, 2018
To those trying to pin the Buffalo Wild Wings hack on an American:1) Madeleine McCann is a girl missing from England.2) “Nonce” is a British slang word.Therefore, I am going to deduce that the hacker is ... British. pic.twitter.com/XOHplJ3l0f— Ⓙⓔⓝⓝⓐ (@jennabean) June 2, 2018
“Buffalo Wild Wings’ Twitter account was hacked.” the company said in a statement. “We’re sorry that our fans had to see those awful posts, which obviously did not come from us. We are in touch with our Twitter representatives and will pursue the appropriate action against the individuals involved.”
Congrats to Roseanne on her new job as Buffalo Wild Wings’ social media director— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) June 1, 2018
Buffalo Wild Wings is about to claim they accidentally ate some boneless ambien. pic.twitter.com/ySIHG57Ypp— Kyle Ayers (@kyleayers) June 1, 2018
As news of the racist hack spread, social media users responded with anger and jokes, with one congratulating Roseanne Barr in her new job as Buffalo Wild Wings’ social media director. Others referenced the actresses’ excuse for her own racist tweets in which she claimed was the result of her taking Ambien.
me pulling up to a buffalo wild wings with the screenshots to get a discount pic.twitter.com/XcL79Z6JK5— excalibur @ Ally Saga (@ItzExcaI) June 2, 2018
Russia is meddling in our elections AND our BWW? Unacceptable. We must fight back.— Mueller, She Wrote Podcast (@MuellerSheWrote) June 2, 2018
Rogue Buffalo Wild Wings Employee is going to be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Republican National Convention.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 2, 2018
Donald Trump just pardoned Buffalo Wild Wings.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) June 1, 2018
Breaking We've found the hacker of Buffalo Wild Wings pic.twitter.com/7F33HwyJbo— Cyber55 (@VermeioNunca) June 2, 2018
Starbucks: This bathroom fiasco has done a number to our company's reputation. I don't see how it could be worse?Buffalo Wild Wings: Hold my beer...— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) June 2, 2018
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