Is the McDonald’s PS5 controller legit, or just clowning? [UPDATE: Real, sort of]

This week an apparent McDonald’s Sony PlayStation collaboration surfaced in Australia. This collaboration appears to have resulted in a fancy new McDonalds Australia 50th birthday celebration PlayStation 5 controller. The odd bit about this situation isn’t that the controller exists, but that it appears to exist without any promotional support from McDonald’s Australia, Sony Australia, or any of the game streamers supposed to be taking part in the release.

According to Press Start, McDonald’s Australia “has created 50 of these limited edition PS5 controllers.” The restaurant chain goes by the colloquial name “Maccas” in Australia – Press Start says that a series of “Maccas streams” (video game streamers said to be associated with McDonald’s Australia) are participating in the release of this controller.

We’ve reached out to McDonalds (both Australia and USA) to see what they’ve got to say about the situation. Meanwhile, we can still discuss the look of the controller.

The controller certainly looks legit. It’s a Sony PlayStation 5 controller with custom McDonald’s details, including stylized McDonald’s French fries in the lower left, a burger in the lower right, and a white/red color scheme throughout. Triangle, Square, Circle, and X buttons are yellow with a gray/mustard yellow print – the same is true of the directional button set. Bumper buttons and joysticks remain black, and the touchpad in the center has the McDonald’s logo.

The design seems executed well enough that it may very well be a legitimate, official release. If not, we’ve got to give props to the person or people responsible for designing this image – it looks good enough to eat!

Stay tuned as we learn more about this very strange situation, and don’t lose your lunch when we find out that it’s all very real – or a crafty oddity from the start? We shall see!

UPDATE: A McDonalds representative responded, saying “Unfortunately McDonald’s stream week has been postponed and won’t be going ahead this Sunday. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to our announcement schedule.”

So it’s certainly real, but – at the same time – it’s not really happening (yet, anyway). Cross your fingers McDonald’s gets this piece of hardware in order and brings it into existence in a real way, sooner than later!

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McDonald’s suffers data breach in the US, South Korea, and Taiwan

The fast food mega chain McDonald’s is the latest company to have private data stolen by a third party, The Wall Street Journal reports. Unlike other recent attacks on CNA Financial and the Colonial Pipeline, McDonald’s claims it isn’t dealing with ransomware, but store information in the US was taken, along with some customer information in South Korea and Taiwan.

The company discovered the data breach after hiring consultants to “investigate unauthorized activity on an internal security system” McDonald’s tells the Journal. In the US, the data accessed included business contact information for franchises, the seating capacity of stores, and the square footage of play areas. The South Korean and Taiwanese arms of McDonald’s “had customer personal data accessed” and the company “will be taking steps to notify regulators and customers listed in these files,” the company tells The Verge. McDonald’s stressed that “no customer payment information was contained in these files.”

McDonald’s says business operations were not interrupted by the data breach and “in the coming days, a few additional markets will take steps to address files that contained employee personal data.” The Wall Street Journal writes these other markets include South Africa and Russia, which were both flagged in the security consultants’ initial investigation.

A breach of non-payment data from a restaurant chain like McDonald’s is not as catastrophic as someone swiping credit cards or shutting down one of the world’s largest beef suppliers, but it’s yet another example of how large corporations also make large, frequently easy targets for hackers.

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McDonald’s is the latest major company hit by cyberattack

McDonald’s revealed today that it suffered a security breach that exposed some data on an ‘internal security system.’ The hack impacted the company in the US, Taiwan, and South Korea, resulting in the acquisition of some data, including on customers in the latter two markets. Unlike other recent high-profile cyberattacks, however, this one did not involve ransomware.

McDonald’s sent letters to its US employees about the data breach, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reports that the company removed the attacker’s access a week after learning about the intrusion. Customers weren’t impacted by the US data breach, which exposed some info on stores like play area square footage and seating capacity.

As well, the US breach involved some of the business contacts for franchisees and employees, though nothing ‘sensitive or personal’ was revealed, according to the report. However, the security breach did result in the alleged theft of some employee information in Taiwan, including things like contact details and names.

Beyond that, the attackers also acquired some data on customers in Taiwan and South Korea, including addresses, emails, and phone numbers. McDonald’s didn’t disclose the full number of people impacted. The company brought in external security consultants to investigate the breach.

The source of the cyberattack hasn’t been revealed and may not yet be known. McDonald’s is the latest majority company to be hit with a security breach in recent weeks, joining the panic-inducing Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident, followed by the US-based meat producer JBS, which similarly had to pay to get its operations back online.

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Creepy McDonald’s SEGA Genesis game Easter Egg found after 30 years

Nearly three decades ago, a game called McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure was released for the SEGA Genesis console — and as with many video games released by fast-food franchises over the years (remember Taco Bell’s Moto X game?), it was quickly forgotten by all but a small group of enthusiasts. Unlike many of those games, however, this one was teased as harboring a secret, one that has only just been discovered.

McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure was a Genesis game developed by Treasure. One of the programmers who worked on the title, Masato Maegawa, has spent years teasing enthusiasts about an undiscovered Easter Egg hiding in the game. Intrigued amateur detectives pieced together what few clues were revealed over the years.

With that information, the Twitter user “Unlisted Cheats” was able to solve the mystery — and, well, it is both underwhelming and incredibly creepy. By inputting a password using a specific and fairly long series of button presses, the McDonald’s sign at the beginning of the game will transform into a 3D object.

Users can then move the object around using the D-pad or toggle to a different model, including a rough spaceship, the SEGA logo, and some simple cubes. Solving the mystery is fun and all, but the Easter Egg itself isn’t terribly interesting — except for the disturbing music that accompanies it.

The cheerful beeping in the retro game quickly becomes a series of chaotic riffs not unlike what you’d expect to hear in a cult classic horror movie. Had one accidentally stumbled across this Easter Egg as a child innocently playing a McDonald’s adventure game, one may have been reluctant to start up the game a second time.

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