Hackers have attacked a dating website that only permits 'hot' people, allowing 30,000 potential 'uglies' to join.

The implanted Shrek virus allowed anyone to join Beautifulpeople.com's website, irrespective of their looks.

Thousands did and the site's managers have now said sorry to the 30,000 "unfortunates" who were "wrongly admitted" to the site and subsequently banished.

''We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting,'' managing director Greg Hodge said.

''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.''