Monday, December 19, 2011

Lady Gaga’s Facebook and Twitter accounts hacked

Lady Gaga’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked by scammers promising freebies on Monday.

MSNBC reports the pop icon's official Facebook page was hijacked Monday morning offering the chance to receive a free iPad.

The message told Gaga's more than 45 million Facebook fans that her new signature iPad will be coming out in three days, and in the lead-up to its anticipated release, "We will be hosting a massive giveaway to all the Mother Monsters fans."

The contest rules and registrations were presented as a link to a Blogspot page.

The scam offer was removed within an hour.

The perpetrators behind this free iPad contest also hit the Facebook pages of other big-name bands including Maroon 5, Blink-182, Lifehouse and All Time Low.

Remember the old saying: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

You can help arm yourself against online thieves' weapons by installing threat-detecting anti-virus software on your computer and keeping it up to date.

The Web-security company Websense reported later Monday that Lady Gaga's Twitter account had been hijacked to promote the same fake iPad scam.

Gaga herself later tweeted, "Phew. The hacking is over! And just in time, I'm on my way to Japan! So excited to spend Xmastime with my TokyoMonsters!"

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