Published Dec 20, 2011Lady Gaga may be one of the most famous people on the planet, but this doesn't mean that the pop star is impervious to internet hackers. The singer's Facebook and Twitter accounts were recently hacked and used for an apparent phishing scam.
As Billboard reports, on Gaga's Facebook page a message appeared on Monday (December 19) saying, "Lady Gaga's new iPad comes out in 3 days! 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."
A subsequent tweet supposedly from the star read, "Monsters, I'm giving away FREE ipad2's to each one of you in the spirit of the holidays :)"
If this sounds too good to be true, that's because it was. The free iPad messages were of course not posted by Gaga herself, but instead took fans to a site that asked for personal details. The offending posts were soon removed, but the BBC reports that over 100,000 fans visited the links; that's just a small percentage of the singer's 17 million-plus Twitter followers and almost 46 million Facebook fans.
Gaga eventually 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!"