LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was among the top law enforcement and government officials whose address, social security number and credit reports were posted online. The head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, also had his personal information posted. Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson and Paris Hilton also were targets of selected personal data. From Associated Press:
Authorities and celebrities were grappling with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information about top government officials and stars such as Jay-Z and Mel Gibson....
The site, which bears an Internet suffix originally assigned to the Soviet Union, expanded throughout the day Monday to add entries on Britney Spears, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and others.
The site did not state how the information was obtained or why the people targeted on the site were selected, describing the records only as “secret files.” A Twitter profile linked to the site and created after its existence was first reported by celebrity website TMZ included an anti-police message in Russian.
Several of the purported credit reports appear to have been generated last week.
LA Observed file photo of Beck, left