It was only a matter of time before victims of Microsoft's security hole came flooding in, with the Beeb being the hackers' first port of call.

The BBC found yesterday that hackers had posted a fabricated story about one of pop band Hearsay's members, Suzanne Shaw.

The story read: "Suzanne Shaw of ITV's Popstars band has been found dead in her North London home this afternoon. First reports suggest the young star was left distraught by the effect of a tabloid newspaper publishing details of a home 'sex' video had on her friends and family."

The BBC confirmed they were operating Microsoft's IIS Web server on an NT4 platform.

"We have since been notified of the hole in the system and will do all we can to seal it," said a spokesperson at the BBC.

"We notified users as soon as we were aware of the flaw," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "Many people have not been affected by the hole and we will offer help to those who have."

The incident has highlighted concerns over security on the BBC's website, which was hacked by activists only last week.