Bill Gates’s social security number, address, credit report and more… published by hackers

Bill Gates is the latest celebrity to have had his personal information published on a website that has exposed the social security numbers, addresses and personal financial information of a number of people in the public eye.

Bill Gates exposed

As with the leak earlier this week of personal data belonging to – amongst others – the likes of Kim Kardashian, Michelle Obama, and Beyoncé, it appears that the private information has been sourced from a trio of credit reporting companies – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

Although the FBI are said to be investigating who is behind the “Secret Files” website, it is currently still accessible.

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And whoever is behind the mystery website has been busy continuing to update it – with personal information of more public figures including Mitt Romney, Tiger Woods, and R Kelly as well as the founder of Microsoft.

Is this Bill Gates credit report?

Once again, we reiterate that we do not recommend that users visit this website – as you could be putting your computer at risk of malware infection, as well as encouraging the illegal information disclosure.

Meanwhile, what still isn’t clear is just how unauthorised parties managed to fraudulently access the records of well-known figures without authorisation.

One theory is that those behind the website were able to gather information on the internet about the celebrities, and then use that data to successfully impersonate their targets and access the credit histories.

No doubt, in time, we’ll find out. But how many more celebrities will find themselves doxed in the meantime?

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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