Burger King's Twitter Account Hacked

The fast food giant's Twitter followers were in for a surprise midday Monday

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    TK
    The hacked @BurgerKing Twitter account.

    No, the home of the Whopper has not become the home of the Big Mac.

    Hackers apparently took over Burger King's Twitter account Monday and began sending out anti-BK tweets -- and even changed the logo and name on the account to those of fast food rival McDonald's.

    It appears the @BurgerKing account was hacked just before noon ET on Monday, but the ruse didn't last long. A message on the Twitter page appeared at 1:30 p.m. saying "Sorry, that user is suspended."

    The account included offensive language, so view it at your own risk.

    There was no immediate word on whether the FBI had put a trace on the Hamburglar's IP address, but at least one journalist drew a link between Monday's hack and a group that infiltrated Paris Hilton's cell phone back in 2004.

    The first bizarre tweet from the @BurgerKing account on Monday mentioned "DFNCTSC," which Caitlin Kelly of The New Yorker linked to the Hilton cell phone hacking.

    That hack by an alleged member of the self-proclaimed "Defonic Team Screen Name Club" led to the contents of her address book being posted online, including the private phone numbers of many celebs.

    A Burger King spokesman told The Associated Press that the company asked Twitter administrators to suspend the account.  According to the AP, Burger King planned to post a statement on Facebook later Monday to apologize, especially for the offensive posts, and hoped to have the Twitter account back up soon.

    For their part, McDonald's was a good sport about the ordeal, tweeting out the following message Monday afternoon:  "We empathize with our @BurgerKing counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking."