Today, the Fox network sent out an email notifying people that Simon Cowell‘s X Factor database had been hacked. All together, information about 250,000 applicants for the show – including full names, hometowns, and birth dates – was stolen. It’s not clear whether the entrants were from the UK edition, the US edition, or both, but either way, contestants from the show should be careful about potential identity theft. In their email, Fox wrote:
We are taking this matter very seriously and are working with federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this illegal action.
The X Factor will never ask you to email personal information such as financial data, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers or the user name or passwords you use to access other websites.
If you receive an email that appears to be from Fox.com or The X Factor asking for personal information, please delete it, as it did not come from us.
And this is why your mom told you not to try out for a reality show, kids.