Now, I'm not a follower of Crayola's Facebook page (I get all my crayon-related world event news from a colorful bi-monthly newsletter), but if I was, I'd probably have been a bit shocked by their recent Facebook updates. You see, they had less to do with fun, colorful artistic tools for kids, and a lot more to do with genitalia, 'B00bs' and garden-variety misogyny.
It seems Crayola is the latest company to have their Facebook page hacked by unknown, and puerile, hackers. They seemed to take control of the page for quite some time, since they were able to pump out quite a bit of embarrassing and non-child friendly content. You can see some of below, but be aware it is a little bit unsafe for work - especially if you work with kids and/or the easily offended.
While this sketch of Ariel might be colored in with Crayola, you most definitely wouldn't find it in one of their coloring books.
To be fair, 300 comments is probably the best a Crayola update has done in a while.
'S33x' and 'B00bs' ...what's next Crayola?
12 hours later? Really?
Naturally, parents were not exactly delighted with this change of direction for Crayola - especially when Little Timmy came into the living room asking some awkward questions. The company quickly took steps to retake control of their page, before issuing the following apology:
Our sincere apologies to our Facebook community for the inappropriate and offensive posts you may have seen here today. Please be assured the official Crayola page has been restored. We can't thank our fans enough for the feedback and support we received while working to resolve the issue ... you truly are the best and we look forward to an exciting and creative 2015!
Of course, Crayola is not the first - and no doubt it will not be the last - company to have their Facebook and Twitter accounts hacked. Here are some others.
McDonald's Takes Over Burger King
It turns out that when Anonymous aren't joining the international struggle against ISIS, they're joining the international struggle between fast food giants, McDonalds and Burger King. In early 2013, the group took over the Burger King Twitter (it reportedly had a password of 'whopper123'), changed everything to McDonalds livery and began posting odd tweets about what Burger King employees get up to in the bathroom.
Check out some of them below:
Strangely, the Burger King twitter actually did relatively well out of the scandal. During the hack, the account gained around 1,000 new followers every 90 seconds, culminating in 35,000 new followers. Considering Burger King only had 77,000 before they were hacked, this is pretty good.
Jeep Gets Taken Over By Cadillac
The very next day, an extremely similar hack occurred, although this time it was Cadillac supposedly taking over Jeep.
Soon, the Jeep twitter account was flooded with tweets stating: "You'll never catch 50cent ridin' in a Dirty Ass Jeep," and others which also mentioned the unusual bathroom habits of the staff.
One tweet stated: "We just got sold to @Cadillac because we caught our employees doing this in the bathroom," and showed a man with a bottle of prescription pills, while another claimed, "Sorry guys, no more Jeep production because we caught our CEO doing this," which included a picture of a man smoking a joint.
Of course, it's not just corporations who get hacked. Our beloved celebrity overlords also occasionally fall foul of online pranksters. Here are some of them:
Britney Spears is a Satanist
CNN's Rick Sanchez Asks For the Day Off
Marc Jacobs' Intern Finally Snaps
Fox News Deliver Some Breaking News
And Some Slightly More Important, If Equally Inaccurate, Breaking News
Companies being hacked is...