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Hackers claim to have broken into the UK fansite of Lady GaGa before extracting the names and email addresses of thousands of her fans.

SwagSec claimed it had targeted GaGa because the famously gay-friendly star had supposedly made a less than enlightened comment about the value of gay people in society. The group uploaded a portion of the email database as proof of the attack on the site, http://ladygaga.co.uk. The singer has yet to comment publicly on the attack, which reportedly took place late last week.

However, record label Universal has put out a statement saying that the hack was limited to email addresses and names, adding: "no passwords or financial information taken". The label has promised to beef up security on the site and notify those affected, presumably directly.

The website itself makes no mention of the hack, which exposes fans of the singer to more spam and places them at a greater risk of targeted phishing attacks.

SwagSec previously hit the website of troubled singer Amy Winehouse as well as that of prepubescent heartthrob Justin Bieber. More commentary on the security implications of its latest rock hit can be found in a blog post by Sophos here. ®

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