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Tuesday
Mar122013

Michelle Obama and Other Celebrities' Personal Info Allegedly Hacked

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly a dozen celebrity A-listers and political heavy-hitters including first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have allegedly had their most private financial information hacked and posted online.

On Monday, a website posted what hackers claim to be Social Security numbers, credit reports, former addresses and personal banking information of celebrities and other top Washington, D.C., officials.

The hackers claim to have what appears to be the first lady's credit report, Social Security number and phone numbers.  Other targets include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Information posted about Biden and Clinton did not include credit reports, but included addresses and other sensitive information.

On Tuesday morning, ABC News tried calling a number listed for Biden and it turned out to be a local business in Delaware.

"The Department is aware of the report and the FBI is investigating the matter," a Department of Justice spokesperson told ABC News.

The Secret Service said they're aware of the reporting, but offered no further comment.

The site's so-called "secret files" claim to reveal everything from how much Kim Kardashian pays for her car lease to Ashton Kutcher's American Express bill and even Paris Hilton's credit score.

Beyonce, Jay Z, Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump were some of the other celebrities who were allegedly hacked.  ABC News reached out to them overnight, but they did not respond to calls for comment. Kardashian, Hilton and Kutcher have also not responded to ABC News' request for a comment to the hacking allegations.

Gibson's rep told ABC News that they haven't verified that he has been hacked.

ABC News is not disclosing the website's name, which appears to originate in Russia because the Internet suffix of the site's web address was originally assigned to the Soviet Union.

ABC News consultant and former FBI agent Brad Garrett said the entire site could be a fraud designed to embarrass those in the public eye.

"I'm very suspect [about] information released online.  It goes against the very reason you steal them, it's to use them," Garrett said.  "Is this a prank?  Is this a hoax?  Is it to get attention?  That wouldn't surprise me one bit."

The site's homepage, which features an image of a girl with her eyes covered in black makeup, had over 111,000 hits as of 7:15 a.m. EST.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun242011

LulzSec Claims Hack of Arizona Dept of Public Safety Computers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The group of hackers who has taken credit for cyber attacks against the U.S. Senate, CIA, Sony, and Nintendo added a new website to their list Thursday.

LulzSec claims it hacked into the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computers, gaining access to hundreds of emails, intelligence bulletins, and personal information, which the group leaked.

On its website, the group posted that it is "targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."

Among the documents leaked are nuclear threat briefings, threats against elected officials, and racial profiling reports.  The addresses, phone numbers, and names of public safety family members were also made public.

LulzSec says it plans to release more documents and information on a weekly basis.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep212010

Twitter Fixes Security Flaw After Thousands Hit

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Twitter says it has patched a security hack that created chaos for thousands of the site's users early Tuesday. "We discovered and patched this issue last month," the site said in a statement posted on its blog. The site added, "However, a recent site update (unrelated to new Twitter) unknowingly resurfaced it." The flaw allowed unwanted messages and websites to open in web browsers as users moved their mouses over infected links. Without even a click, users were directed to sexually explicit content and other potentially unsavory websites. "A user noticed the security hole and took advantage of it," the statement said. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to overhaul its existing site layout.

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