Lady Gaga is the latest celebrity to see her social networking accounts hacked by scammers.
One of the true “Twitterati” with over 17 million Twitter followers and 45 million Facebook “Likes”, the Bad Romance star fell foul to a hack that saw her fans lured towards a fake iPad 2 giveaway.
Unbeknownst to the singer, her Twitter account posted the message; “”Monsters, I’m giving away FREE iPad2’s to each one of you in the spirit of the holidays :)”, a seemingly genuine post, considering she uses the name “monsters” to refer to her fanbase.
However, the message also contained a link to a dodgy Blogspot site (which has since been removed) that collected the personal details of her fans.
A similar attack was made on her Facebook account. Two posts were made, one reading “Lady Gaga’s new iPad comes out in 3 days!” and another that said: “So for the next 72 hours we will be hosting a massive giveaway to all the Mother Monster fans. Sign up and receive your special Lady Gaga edition iPad in time for the Holidays! For contest rules and registration visit the link below.”
Likewise, these links were also scams. Gaga has since re-gained control of her accounts, posting “Phew. The hacking is over! And just in time, I’m on my way to Japan! So excited to spend Xmastime with my TokyoMonsters!”
Lady Gaga would have been quite out of pocket had the offer been real. Had she given each of her Twitter and Facebook fans a free iPad 2, as the posts suggested she would, she’d have racked up a whopping bill from Apple in the region of $25 billion!
By Gerald Lynch | December 20th, 2011