Hackers crack Jeep's Twitter account, Tweet that it's been sold to Cadillac
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Jan.14, 2013. (Melanie Borrelli / CTV Windsor)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:35PM EST
DETROIT -- A Chrysler spokesman says someone hacked into the Jeep brand's twitter account Tuesday afternoon, making false Tweets for about an hour until the company that handles its social media regained control.
The move was similar to an incident involving the Burger King restaurant chain on Monday, although it's unclear if the two incidents are linked.
Hackers posted that the Jeep brand had been sold to Cadillac because employees had been caught using pills. They also posted that there would be no more Jeep production.
Chrysler spokesman Ed Garsten says the company's social media agency got help from Twitter to regain control of the account. He doesn't think the brand name was damaged by the Tweets because most people know it was a prank.