The Fox network in the US has confirmed that The X Factor database, containing information on over 250,000 applicants, has been hacked.
The network said that information such as names, birth dates, genders, zip codes, phone numbers and email address had been acquired in the breach.
The breach is currently under investigation by the FBI.
Fox emailed those affected with this information:
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.
This is really bad luck for those contestants who are also PlayStation Network subscribers, who were the victims of a security breach recently as well.