No strangers to the spotlight, superstar performers Eminem and Lady Gaga have both become victims of some unwanted and damaging Internet attention.
Thousands of Lady Gaga fans had their personal information stolen after a new and brazen hacking group calling itself "Swagger Security" illegally accessed the singer's U.K. website on June 27 and made off with the names and emails of fans who had created accounts on her site, the Guardian reported.
No passwords or financial information were taken in the breach. With no apparent moneymaking motive, SwagSec, which earlier this month defaced the website of singer Amy Winehouse, offered a perplexing reason for the hack.
In a press release posted on the file-hosting site Pastebin, SwagSec accused Lady Gaga and her fans, consistently vocal champions of LGBT rights, of supporting Gaga's "gay hatin [sic] ways."
SwagSec's true intentions, which appear to skew more toward publicity than punishment, revolve around Lil B, the rapper and adopted public face of the group.
It seems all SwagSec wants is a shout-out. In both the Gaga and Winehouse hacks, SwagSec publicly pleaded with Lil B to mention the hackers on a song, writing, "All we asking for iz a lil SwagSec mention on a track."
Although he wasn't targeted personally in the same way Lady Gaga was, Internet scammers are using a rumor about rapper Eminem to ensnare gullible Web surfers.
The security firm BitDefender spotted emails bearing thumbnail pics of Eminem, claiming that the celebrated rapper was shot dead in Detroit.
To read the "full story," users are prompted to click on a link, BitDefender said, and when they do so, the malicious email automatically installs a Trojan on their computer.