X factor contestants lose personal info in database hack

Another day, another database filled with consumer information hacked. This time it is the database of the popular singing competition “The X Factor” database has been hacked into, causing 250,000 potential contestants to have had their names, emails, ZIP codes, phone numbers, genders and dates of birth taken.

According to Fox, the network on which the X Factor will be shown, financial information such as credit card info was not accessed - good to see they didn’t take a page out of Sony’s book.

Simon Cowell, the creator has already called the FBI in regards to the situation “Simon Cowell has called in federal experts to track down the hackers behind the mass theft.”

It would appear Cowells latest show has taken a hit for the worst before it even being aired on television. Fox chiefs suspect the information could be used in a large scale phishing scam with the aim of unwittingly conning millions from contestants. Fox warn contestants to be “on their guard” in case any of the information is used negatively. “The X Factor will never ask you to email personal information such as financial data, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers or the user name or passwords you use to access other websites” said Fox.

According to the email from Fox to the Daily Star “This week, we learned that computer hackers illegally accessed information you and others submitted to us to receive information about The X Factor auditions. If you receive an email that appears to be from Fox.com or 'The X Factor' asking for personal information, please delete it, as it did not come from us.”

This past month we have seen numerous break ins by hackers of large companies, most prominently Sony’s PSN which was cited as the ‘worst PR disaster for years’.

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Let's make it easier on the hacking group and just everyone disable our firewalls etc. It's not like they would help anyway. -.-

sh*t! ... I've given them my info and I really had a bad feeling about it... I think I used my spam email though,,, but still f***... they didn't ask for any credit cards btw...

but you're an idiot anyway for signing their papers... of course nobody read the papers and they just signed, but one of the points was saying "we can publish anything about you and your past weather it was true or not" ... that's just an example! ...

This is probably one of the most targetted and well thought out hacks ever. If ANYONE is stupid enough to fall for phishing, it's X FACTOR contestants.

Where is all the Epic Fail comments at? People quick to bash Sony for it, but as anyone can see, it happens to almost every company out there that has a database and website/internet. Nothing is protected against someone who wants in. The wrong people with the right tools can get into anything.

shakey said,
Where is all the Epic Fail comments at? People quick to bash Sony for it, but as anyone can see, it happens to almost every company out there that has a database and website/internet. Nothing is protected against someone who wants in. The wrong people with the right tools can get into anything.

But... but this has nothing to do with Apple or Sony.

They will never catch the hackers responsible for this if they were behind proxies just like they won't catch the PSN hackers either...

X factor contestants lose personal info in database hack

They didn't "lose" their info (unless all the contestant instantly forgot their personal info hahah)

Rudy said,

They didn't "lose" their info (unless all the contestant instantly forgot their personal info hahah)
They didn't lost any info, someone else stole it

Rudy said,

They didn't "lose" their info (unless all the contestant instantly forgot their personal info hahah)

Quarter of a million people now without name, l

bbfc_uk said,
Why would they have their credit card info anyway??

Was thinking the same... Poor commentary on the story perhaps?