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Hackers Take Over BP Twitter Feed

BP's Twitter feed, where the company has been distributing the most up to date information about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP's Twitter feed, where the company has been distributing the most up to date information about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  (BP)

BP's Twitter account looked to have fallen victim to hackers early Thursday, with a post referencing a fictional character from a popular fake BP microblog page.

Followers to the genuine account were told: "Terry is now in charge of operation Top Kill, work will recommence after we find a XXL wetsuit. #bpcares #oilspill."

"Terry" ordinarily features on a satirical Twitter account confusingly called @BPGlobalPR, which has poured ridicule on the oil giant's efforts to plug the Gulf oil spill.

The fake BP Twitter page was created a week ago and as of Thursday had more than 54,000 followers -- dwarfing BP's real account, @BP_America, which has just over 6,700.

A BP spokesman previously told The Wall Street Journal the company was aware of the @BPGlobalPR account.
"It's a shame, but obviously people are entitled to their views," he said.

Thursday's post about Terry on the official account was quickly removed.