X Factor hack exposes personal data of fame-seeking contestants
Tales of security breaches and Cowell's chest-high britches
The personal information of more than 250,000 would-be X-Factor contestants may have been exposed after hackers broke into systems maintained by producers of the US edition of the TV talent show.
X Factor applicants' names, email addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers were swiped in the course of a hack attack against US TV network Fox. The data, affecting contestants as young as 12, would be useful for running identity theft and other scams.
In a statement apologising for the breach, Fox Broadcast said it was "working with federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this illegal action". The statement goes on to warn about the possible risk of phishing attacks against X-Factor contestants based of information disclosed by the breach. ®
They'll get scammed by a bunch of heartless money-making opportunists...
...and even worse, they might be subjected to phishing attacks.
phishing attacks against X-Factor wannabeeee's
Sanity checks would be more appropriate for these victims.
Yet another reason why jail terms are required for data breaches. Nobody will take it seriously until they are looking forward to some hard time.
Paris. because she would stoop so low as to appear on an x-rated show
...homes for the hard of thinking.