Russian hackers blamed
Coppers are investigating how hackers gained access to the private financial records of celebrities including Beyonce, Britney Spears and Michelle Obama.
The Obama hacking is particularly tricky as we would have thought her accounts were part of a state secret. A website posted what appear to be credit reports, Social Security numbers and other private details on Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, FBI Director Robert Mueller and a host of celebrities and public figures.
Other stars included who were named and shamed at the website included Mel Gibson, Jay-Z, Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Gore, Hulk Hogan and US Attorney General Eric Holder. Information posted about Vice President Joe Biden and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information.
Social Security numbers posted on Jay-Z, Gibson and others matched records in public databases. The site appears to have been based in the “Soviet Union” which is a little unlikely. A Twitter account attached to the site included an anti-police message in Russian.
It did not say how the information was obtained or why the people targeted on the site were selected.