Trump, Hillary, Michelle Obama Among Hacking Victims

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 01:42 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Brazen hackers may have pillaged the computer files of First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire Donald Trump, and other top politicians and celebrities — posting their private financial records online.

Also possibly hit by the cybercriminals were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Sarah Palin, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Ashton Kutcher, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Information purporting to be Social Security and credit card numbers, along with bank account details of the politicians and celebrities were splashed on a website called “The Secret Files,” which appears to have originated in Russia.

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It is not known if all the leaked information is authentic — ABC News said one phone number listed for Biden connected to a business in Delaware — but federal authorities have launched an investigation.

The hackers’ home page features a thin girl dressed as a zombie, music from TV’s “Dexter,” and this bizarre statement: “If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve.”

Viewers can then click on a list of names of politicians and celebrities to supposedly obtain their personal information.

Michelle Obama’s alleged Social Security number, old addresses, and a supposed link to a credit report are revealed on a page which taunts: “Blame your husband, we still love you, Michelle.”

There is a photo of the First Lady with the tag “I [heart] Michelle.”

The FBI is investigating the alleged massive breach of cybersecurity, sources told The New York Daily News.

TMZ.com, which broke the story, said the Los Angeles Police Department also has launched a probe after Police Chief Charlie Beck was hacked.

Beck’s page on the hacker’s site includes a photo showing protesters with a sign reading, “If not for law enforcement corruption, Christopher Dorner would be still be alive” — a reference to the deranged former LA cop who went on a murder spree last month before being killed by authorities.

But former FBI agent Brad Garrett told ABC News the site could be a big fraud. “It goes against the very reason you steal them; it’s to use them. Is this a prank? Is this a hoax? Is it to get attention? That wouldn’t surprise me one bit,” he said.

So far, some of the information appears to be false or outdated. Phone numbers purported to be Palin’s were not answered. And a number for actor Kutcher connected to an accounting firm.

The extent of the site’s link to Russia also is not known, although it lists a Twitter account — @exposedsu — which has text written in Russian.

The “.su” tag was a domain used by the Soviet Union for 14 months between 1990 and 1991, according to The Daily Mail. It is said to be popular with hackers who launch online attacks.

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