It's the festive season but would you really expect Lady Gaga to give you a free iPad 2? That was the exact message being broadcast from Lady Gaga's Twitter account earlier, promising each and every one of her 17 million followers an iPad 2 and all they had to do was click the link for details.

Of course, there was no iPad. The Lady Gaga Twitter account had been hacked and if you clicked on that link it would take you to a number of different sites via redirects and then dump you at a survey designed to scam you out of valuable personal information. Equally 'of course' as soon as the tweet appeared it was retweeted by thousands of innocent fans keen to spread the apparent good news, meaning the scope of this particular scam is truly epic. Even though the first link in the chain has now been suspended by for being suspicious, the chances are that other links will be out there and still live so don't be sucked into the scam yourself. Even at this time of year, especially at this time of year, there's no such thing as a free iPad.

Lady Gaga was quick to acknowledge the attack and inform her fans "the hacking is over" but the damage has already been done and many will now be wondering if they can trust the Lady Gaga Twitter feed at all.

If that wasn't bad enough, another Free iPad 2 scam has hit the Lady Gaga official Facebook page with more than 45 million fans. This time a 'message' was posted which suggested that a new Lady Gaga version of the iPad 2 was about to be released and fans of the pop sensation could sign up for a chance to win one as part of a massive seasonal giveaway. Once again, fans were asked to click a link to read the rules and then get entered into the prize draw. Once again the users would have been redirected to that scamming survey page. Once again the message was removed within the hour, and once again the damage had already been done to the Lady Gaga brand.

Earlier this year, DaniWeb reported how the official Lady Gaga website had been hacked .

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A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

Uhm about that, didn't Anonymous say they were going to hit Gaga? Also Bieber, Kardashian, Swift and Sony.

I just thought, you must have experience by yourself, while going to hacking..

It's no secret that I used to be a hacker back in the day (20+ years ago) and then turned my hand to consultancy and writing about it rather than doing it.

dumbo question moment

So was it something stupid like guessing her passwords to get into only her accounts on both networks? or is there a more complicated way they can break in?

Obviously why would Lady Gaga give ipad 2's out when nothing in the world is free you get excited then let down because its a fake page with redirecting malware pages that pop up 1 millisecond when closing one.

Trusting a Twitter feed? Absurd notion!