Earlier today the @BurgerKing twitter account got hacked – possibly by online hacking pranksters “anonymous” – and started to tweet rather “off message” stuff (starting by saying the chain had been sold to McDonalds).
While on the surface it looks like a simple “guess the password and prank away” (the rumour is the password was whopper123) I wondered if there might be something a bit stranger happening here…
I am lucky enough to work for an organisation with a verified account:
As you can see they are very big on the warnings not to change certain aspects of the account – as you will lose the verified tick. I wondered if there was something more suspect going on here at Twitter’s end:
— Andrew Fielding (@wobable) February 18, 2013
I would have sworn at the time that the “real name” was one of the fields you are not allowed to change. I had a vague memory of doing it for the account I manage (even just changing lower case letters to upper case) and losing the tick.
Having looked into it further, I can’t find any reference to this anywhere – so one of three things has happened:
- I was wrong about changing a real name leading to a loss of verification tick – and I am misremembering the dark day when we lost the tick
- Or the real name change no longer leads to verification loss – but it did once (on the dark day!)
- Or I was right that something more sinister happened in the BurgerKing case and the reverification tick was restored, despite the change in real name.
Applying Occams razor suggests it was the first option – but I can’t find conclusive proof anywhere. Anyone else know how much of a verified account you can change before you lose the tick?