Lady Gaga Twitter account hacked, promises free iPads for everyone

Lady Gaga has made a name for herself across the globe as an award winning musical artist, gay icon and philanthropist, having raised tens of millions of dollars for causes such as the Japan tsunami relief fund, Haiti reconstruction and HIV/AIDS. But earlier today, it seemed like her generosity had reached new and astounding heights, when her Twitter account was hacked.

For several hours, a tweet was up on the singing superstar’s profile, promising to give free iPad 2s to each and every one of her 17 million followers:

Telling her followers that this generous gift was being offered “in the spirit of the holidays”, users were directed to click on a link in the tweet, which took them to a less-than-reputable website that demanded various personal details, asked users to sign up for several special offers, and then told them to tell their friends to join in on the action, in order to qualify for the "free" product. 

TechCrunch also reports that another similar tweet had briefly preceded that one, promising free MacBook computers to everyone, but it was quickly pulled. At least one further identical tweet appeared, before Lady G later tweeted herself to confirm that the account had indeed been hacked, but that order has since been restored.

It turns out that Gaga’s wasn’t the only Twitter account targeted in this way. A near-identical tweet appeared on Nelly Furtado’s account today as well; the only difference was the way that Nelly’s tweet addressed her followers directly (“dearies”, rather than Lady Gaga’s “monsters”).

By the way, for those of you who haven’t done the math yet, 17 million entry-level iPad 2s at $499 each, for all of Gaga’s followers, would have run up a bill of almost $8.5bn. I wonder if Apple would have given her a bulk-buy discount.

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Dearies, I'm giving away FREE slaps to the wrist to each one of you in the spirit of stupidity Go to bit.ly/hjfhHksj to receive one!

Dot Matrix said,
Dearies, I'm giving away FREE slaps to the wrist to each one of you in the spirit of stupidity Go to bit.ly/hjfhHksj to receive one!

signed up!!

Marshalus said,
Damnit, I gave that website my social security number, my mothers maiden name, and told them the street I grew up on... now I want my free iPad!

You're almost there! Just one of your kidneys -- you will only need ONE! -- and it's yours!

tauron1 said,
17 M * 500 = $8.5 Billion, not $850 million.

D'oh... Of course, you're absolutely right. Clearly a zero went AWOL somewhere in the process. Many thanks for pointing this out

I've corrected the article, and repeatedly slapped myself with a large trout. That'll teach me.

gcaw said,

D'oh... Of course, you're absolutely right. Clearly a zero went AWOL somewhere in the process. Many thanks for pointing this out

I've corrected the article, and repeatedly slapped myself with a large trout. That'll teach me.

Hah. I was gonna say...Apple must have given her a massive discount!

KomaWeiss said,
Who cares about no talent Lady Gaga

Your hatred for her will do no bad to her rather it will affect your personality in a negative way..

the title is freaking misleading!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's like lady gaga account been hack and decided to
give a free iPad 2 for the fans who get let down by this news...if you get what exactly what i'm trying to say

It wasn't just Lady Gaga's account that was hacked. The All-American Rejects, Limp Bizkit, La Roux, and several others who I don't like, so I can't personally confirm, all had this message pop up on their Facebook pages. Came up a few times on the AAR's page.

MightyJordan said,
It wasn't just Lady Gaga's account that was hacked. The All-American Rejects, Limp Bizkit, La Roux, and several others who I don't like, so I can't personally confirm, all had this message pop up on their Facebook pages. Came up a few times on the AAR's page.

Do these bands/groups/singers purposely TRY to come up with such "I have no talent sounding, lack of any imagination" kind of names now a days, or what?

I wouldn't ever consider listening to such crap solely by the names of some bands, let alone buy their junk!

cork1958 said,

Do these bands/groups/singers purposely TRY to come up with such "I have no talent sounding, lack of any imagination" kind of names now a days, or what?

I wouldn't ever consider listening to such crap solely by the names of some bands, let alone buy their junk!

And names like "The Who", "Led Zepplin", "The Beatles", "The Doors" sounded more imaganiative? *scratches head*

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