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Burger King's Twitter account hacked

This frame grab shows what appears to be

This frame grab shows what appears to be Burger King's Twitter account after it was apparently hacked. (Feb. 18, 2013) Credit: AP

Somebody hacked Burger King's Twitter account Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo.

The tweets stopped after a little more than an hour, and Burger King said it asked Twitter to suspend the account. A Twitter spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone message left Monday.

Burger King, which usually tweets several times a week, said it was working to get the account back up. Typical tweets promoted sales on chicken sandwiches, or asked how many bites it takes to eat a chicken nugget.

But just after noon Monday, someone tweeted via Burger King's account: "We just got sold to McDonalds!" The hacker -- or hackers -- also changed the icon to rival McDonald's Corp.'s golden arches and the account's background picture to McDonald's new Fish McBites. About 55 tweets and retweets followed over the next hour.

Burger King didn't know who hacked the account, and no other social media accounts were affected, said Bryson Thornton, a spokesman for Miami-based Burger King Worldwide Inc.

Twitter acknowledged on Feb. 1 that cyber attackers may have stolen user names and passwords of 250,000 users. It said at the time that it notified users of the breach.

McDonald's responded on Twitter that it empathized with its Burger King counterparts. "Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking." -- AP

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