Reality TV Show X-Factor Spills Data On 250,000 Hopefuls

Reality TV hopefuls are prepared to bare all for a chance at insta-celebrity. But prospective contestants for the new Simon Cowell show X-Factor probably didn’t expect that their names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers to be up for grabs.

X-FactorReality TV hopefuls are prepared to bare all for a chance at insta-celebrity. But prospective contestants for the new Simon Cowell show X-Factor probably didn’t expect that their names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers to be up for grabs.

Alas, that’s how it turned out after a network breach at Fox Broadcasting digorged data on 250,000 applicants.

According to a report in the Daily star, which broke the story, representatives for Fox informed the FBI that a computer network containing “top-secret information” regarding the music mogul’s latest creation had been breached. X-Factor is already popular in the UK and is slotted to premier on US network, FOX, sometime this year.

The breach was reported by Fox on May 2, according to datalossdb.org, an online data breach database. Among the data compromised in the hack were the names, dates of birth, email addresses, zip codes, and phone numbers of some 250,000 applicants.

In an email to those affected, the FOX Broadcasting Corporation confirmed that the breach occurred, disclosed the information they believe was compromised, and warned X-Factor hopefuls to be on the lookout for phishing scams, but assured them that no financial information had been stolen.

This is just the latest, and perhaps most obscure, in a slew of data breaches targeting everyone from oniline gaming platforms and  security companies to restaurants and email marketing firms.

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  • Anonymous on

    Did anyone proofread the third paragraph?  Read it to themselves out loud?

  • Anonymous on

    X Factor Leaked Contestants Database, Available for Download ! : The Hacker News ~ http://www.thehackernews.com/2011/05/x-factor-leaked-contestants-database.html

  • sunny on

    i love x faktor

  • Rah on

     

    The X-Factor maybe something like America Idol but they are even better since they have Simon Cowell. I think when he judged he did better than Paula and Ryan. I don't like that Paula is a judge but what can you do? Nothing but I will still watch it. I was telling my co-worker from DISH about it and how I got it set on my phone so I can watch it everywhere I go. That is of course all thanks to the Sling adapter I have that allows me to have TV everywhere. I know a lot of people aren't going to watch this show but you should give it a chance! Check out the sling adapter and the show The X-Factor! http://bit.ly/kUGI7J

     

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