Mega-hack of celebrities exposes social security numbers, credit reports, and more…

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

What connects Kim Kardashian, US Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Mel Gibson, Michelle Obama, Ashton Kutcher, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger?

They, and other public figures, appear to have had their personal information and credit reports (including social security numbers, details of their mortgages, addresses, and details of their credit card and banking details) published by a group of hackers on a new website.

Clearly alarm bells have rung about the danger of identity theft.

And do you know what the hackers did to really rub the authorities nose in it?

They included in their list of victims the head of the Los Angeles police force Charlie Beck and FBI Director Robert Mueller…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.