The Justice Department said Monday the FBI is now investigating a website that posted what appeared to be private financial information about government officials and celebrities like Jay-Z and Mel Gibson.
The Social Security number, credit report, and address of FBI Director Robert Mueller as well as that of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck appeared on the site. The addresses and other sensitive information on Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden were also disclosed.
The Social Security numbers for Jay-Z and Mel Gibson matched those on public record. Other stars targeted include Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Beyonce Knowles-Carter.
The site contains a suffix assigned to the Soviet Union. It did not explain where it got the information, calling them only “secret files.” Several of the credit report appears to have been generated a week ago. A Twitter account linked to the webpage was first reported by TMZ after it tweeted an anti-police message in Russian.
Celebrity targets would not comment on the accuracy of what was posted.
Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith says the LAPD is also investigating to find out how Beck’s information was attained. He said private information about top government officials has been posted online at least twice before.
"People get mad at us, go on the Internet and try to find information about us, and post it all on one site," Smith said.
Posting someone’s sensitive information, like addresses, aliases, credit card information, on the internet it is known as doxing.
"The best word I can use to describe it is creepy," Smith said. "It's a creepy thing to do."
The website’s page on Beck makes reference to murdered Christopher Dorner. It shows a picture of a woman holding a protest placard that reads “YouCantCornerTheDorner.”
Source: USA Today