BeautifulPeople.com, a social media site that measures looks over everything else, claims that it was hit by a virus that allowed 30,000 'ugly' people to become members.
BeautifulPeople.com has a strict rating process where current members view new applicants to decide if they are beautiful enough to become members. Last month that rating module was brought down by a virus claims the company allowing anyone, even 'ugly' people to be accepted.
In a press release managing director Greg Hodge said:
"We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting."
"We responded immediately, repairing the damage from the 'Shrek Virus' and putting every new member back into the rating module for a legitimate and democratic vote. The result is that we have lost over 30,000 recent members.
"We have sincere regret for the unfortunate people who were wrongly admitted to the site and who believed, albeit for a short while, that they were beautiful. It must be a bitter pill to swallow, but better to have had a slice of heaven then never to have tasted it at all."
At first the company thought that an 'ugly' who had been rejected had to behind the Shrek Virus but after looking further it was found that the it came from within. A former employee who left the company in May placed the virus into the system as a parting gift. Member privacy and security wasn't breached by the virus, only the application process.
Since the attack the company has recruited a 'team of beauty police' to make sure another attack doesn't take place.
BeautifulPeople.com has over 700,000 members worldwide deemed beautiful enough to be part of their community. On average one in seven are rejected during the application process with most new members coming from the United States, Denmark and France. According to the company the UK, Russia and Poland have the most rejections.
Over 2,300 people from Canada were part of the 30,000 people deemed to ugly to be part of the site.
BeautifulPeople.com has set up a hotline on 1 (800) 791-0662 to help recently rejected applicants deal with the hard news and can give tips for those wishing to re-apply.