Pranksters Hack Jeep's Twitter Account

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In an attack similar to the recent takeover of Burger King's Twitter account, hackers yesterday commandeered Jeep's Twitter account and announced that the company had been sold to Cadillac.

"'We got sold to @Cadillac because we caught our employees doing these in the bathroom,' said a posting at 1:35 p.m. ET accompanied by a photo of a bottle of painkillers. ... At around 3:15 p.m. ET, Jeep reasserted control over its own Twitter feed and deleted the prank tweets," writes TechNewsDaily's Paul Wagenseil.

"Hacker collective Anonymous is taking credit for defacing the account," writes CBS News' Jennifer Van Grove. "Jeep's usurped account included the #OpMadCow hashtag, the same hashtag hackers used ... when they took over Burger King's Twitter account and embarrassed the fast-food brand with messages saying that it had been sold to McDonald's."

"It was not immediately clear whether the episodes were related," notes The Detroit Free Press' Brent Snavely.

"Twitter, the microblogging site with more than 200 million active users, said this month it detected unauthorized attempts to hack into its systems and that attackers may have obtained access to information for about 250,000 people," notes Bloomberg's Alan Ohnsman.