What would you do if you had the contact details of quarter of a million Americans who can't really sing as well as they think they can?
SyCo's servers have been hacked, and details of a quarter million US X Factor entrants have been copied.
The producers have sent out a warning email:
‘This week, we learned that computer hackers illegally accessed information you and others submitted to us to receive information about The X Factor auditions.Some contestants on Cowell's programmes have a tough time of it once they're on screen, with not very much care shown towards them. Who knew the twist for the X Factor's US launch would be you'd get poorly treated and exposed to christ-knows-what even before you audition?
It is possible 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.
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.’