THE BLOG
02/22/2013 08:25 pm ET Updated Apr 24, 2013

The Content Brief: What's Up With All the Hacking?

Is there a hacking epidemic? Earlier this week, Burger King saw its Twitter account get a McDonald's makeover, and then Jeep had its feed taken over by pranksters less than 24 hours later.

Less mischievous and more ominous, earlier this month, both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were infiltrated, reportedly by Chinese hackers with ties to the government. And the hacktivist collective Anonymous has taken credit for a breach of the U.S. State Department.

Facebook, Apple and Twitter were all targeted recently as well, possibly by the same Eastern European gang.

And just yesterday, customer support provider Zendesk was hit, potentially affecting Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr users, and the NBC website appears to briefly have been attacked.

It looks like Twitter is implementing some additional security measures to combat the breaches on its platform, though we're still waiting for that two-factor authentication they've been promising. And Twitter impostors usually represent the (mostly) harmless class of hackery.

Catch up on the hacker spree -- and MTV's painful attempt at hacker-jacking -- in the latest episode of The Content Brief from Freshwire below.

And we'll show you why the Academy Awards should have been taking notes as the Grammys were schooling everyone on how to use social media.

You can check out last week's episode on LinkedIn's quiet rise to greatness here.