Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder — have had financial details or sensitive material hacked and published on a website. Among the 11 well-known names whose financial details were released were Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.
The information, which included home addresses, Social Security numbers and credit reports, was published on a website that appeared to originate in Russia.
“We’ll take steps to find out who did this, and if they’re within the boundaries of the United States, we’ll prosecute them,” Beck said.
The LAPD — whose top cop, Charlie Beck, was among the baker’s dozen — is trying to track down the hacker behind the website, exposed.su, LAPD sources told the Daily News. Pages posted on Vice President Joe Biden and the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information.
Beck speculated that he was included with the high-profile performers and politicians because of the recent Christopher Dorner saga. Dorner, a fired LAPD officer, killed two police officers and two others last month during a bloody campaign to seek revenge for his firing. Before he died in a standoff with authorities, Dorner in an on-line manifesto praised the network of hackers known as Anonymous. Many people claiming affiliation with the group have voiced support for Dorner on Twitter and in other Web forums.
While government officials often have to disclose details on their finances – and celebrity divorces sometimes feature public financial data the information posted online exceeds those disclosures.
Social security numbers are rarely included in public records anymore because they can be used for identity theft. The site did not state how the information had been obtained or why the 11 people targeted were chosen, describing the records. The site’s main page, entitled “The Secret Files,” has a picture of a gaunt teenage girl in zombie-like makeup shushing the viewer. Music from Showtime’s “Dexter” plays in the background, as visitors are invited to click on a celebrity’s name and receive info including addresses, their social security number, mortgage accounts, and credit cards and bank accounts. Embarrassing pictures are displayed.
Representatives for each person targeted either declined to comment on the accuracy of the information that was posted, or they did not return messages seeking comment.
Others who were singled out included former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, singer Britney Spears, actors Mel Gibson and Ashton Kutcher, and U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder. The accuracy of information released on people other than Beck could not be independently verified by The Times.
Several of the website’s pages featured unflattering pictures of the celebrities or government officials whose information was posted. The site, which had an Internet suffix originally from the Soviet Union, was still online Monday night and had more than 15,000 visitors, according to its own counter.
“If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve,” the website reads.