Lady Gaga's Twitter Account Hacked; Imposter Offers Free iPads
The pop singer's 17 million followers received a tweet from the impersonator following a spam incident on her official Facebook page.
Lady Gaga's Twitter account got hacked into on Monday, with the imposter posting this sweet deal for the singer's millions of followers: ""FREE iPad2′s to each one of you in the spirit of the holidays."
Does that not sound too good to be true? Because it wasn't.
Gaga removed the suspicious tweet, 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!" To which reader @yayponies responded: "so....no new laptop then? Bummer." Another Twitter user, @aidan_chesters, was bummed out, too. "I took your generous offer seriously," he wrote, apparently not understanding the logistical impossibility of such a giveaway. (Gaga has 17,126,237 followers and counting.)
According to BBC News, her Facebook page had earlier received similar SPAM, with hackers posting the message: "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." The links on Twitter and Facebook led to a website soliciting personal details as part of a potential phishing scam.
Gaga, just named AP's Entertainer of the Year and No. 1 on Forbes' list of 2011's top-earning women in music, touched down in Japan on Tuesday sporting the giant blonde hair bow she wore during the early stages of her rise to pop stardom.