Hackers acquire X Factor applicants’ details

Katie Begley reports:

Simon Cowell has called in the FBI after hackers broke into his top-secret computer network.

Closely guarded secrets about media mogul Simon Cowell and his new US ­ X Factor show have been “stolen” by sneaky cyber crooks.

The personal information and act details of more than 250,000 wannabes have also been exposed.


And as investigators launched an official probe, an email was issued by chiefs to everyone on The X Factor warning them to be on their guard.

The email from Fox Broadcasting and seen by the Daily Star revealed: “This week, we learned that computer hackers illegally accessed information you and others submitted to us to receive information about The X Factor auditions.”

It went on to say that while no financial information has been stolen, “it is possible, however, that the information you did provide to us, which included your name, email address, zip code, phone number (which was optional), date of birth, and gender, may have been accessed”

Read more in the Daily Star or Monsters and Critics.

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