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07/05/2011 06:33 pm ET | Updated Sep 04, 2011

PayPal U.K. Twitter Feed Hacked, Suspended

PayPal's U.K. Twitter feed has apparently been taken over by outsiders critical of the company.

The Twitter handle @PayPalUK on Tuesday featured several negative tweets about the company and multiple links to PayPalSucks.com, a website that encourages users to seek out alternative payment services and touts "eBay/PayPal Anti-Trust Class Action" litigation.

"PAYPAL CAN FREEZE YOUR FUNDS FOR NO REASON, DO NOT USE PAYPAL!!" read one tweet on the compromised account.

"All your paypal accounts are now frozen while we clean up this mess.." another tweet said.

The Next Web received the following statement from PayPal:

PayPal UK’s Twitter feed was targeted by hackers tonight. PayPal would like to reassure all customers that PayPal’s UK customer systems and data have not been breached or hacked in any way. There is no link between customer systems and our Twitter account.

The Guardian supposes that this individual is a disgruntled customer and notes that the incident is not necessarily hacker-related: "Twitter accounts are protected by a simple password which can sometimes be guessed or stolen and means that the service can be accessed by anyone with that password."

Though Twitter has suspended the @PayPalUK account, we managed to capture a screenshot of the mayhem before it was taken down (below).

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