According to reports, the Oscar-nominated actress had her MobileMe account hacked after cybercriminals reset her account password by correctly entering her date of birth and guessing her secret question (reportedly the name of her most famous film role).
As a result, the world now knows details about what iPhone applications Salma Hayek has download from the Apple iTunes Store, when she has arranged to have her Japanese face massage, and that her billionaire French husband Fran?Â§ois-Henri Pinault pays her bills.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said:
It’s becoming more common for internet hackers to think it’s funny to break into a celebrity’s account and expose their private conversations, but let’s not forget that Salma Hayek has been the victim of a crime. The lesson here is that no-one, whether a Hollywood celebrity or a Cricklewood hairdresser, should leave their email accounts poorly defended. Hayek’s mistake was to leave her MobileMe account accessible to anyone who could search for her ‘secret answers’ on Wikipedia.
Sophos experts note that Salma Hayek is the latest in a string of celebrities, including Paris Hilton and Sarah Palin, to have their email accounts hacked.