- Officials targeted included Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, FBI Director Robert Mueller and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
- Celebrities included Britney Spears, Mel Gibson, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton
- Financial details of Beck include the message ‘you can’t corner the Dorner,’ a reference to cop killer Chris Dorner
Authorities have been grappling with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information of numerous Hollywood A-listers and government officials.
The Los Angeles police and the FBI are reportedly investigating after purported Social Security numbers and credit reports of the leaders of both agencies were posted online on Monday.
And FBI Director Robert Mueller and LAPD boss Charlie Beck weren’t alone.
In the cross hairs: Two of the personalities that have been exposed in the hack are FBI Director Robert Mueller, left, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck – and both agencies are reportedly investigating
Bold hack: Information posted on Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information
Socialites: The social security numbers and credit reports of Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton were also exposed by the elaborate hack
Pages posted on Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information.
Social Security numbers posted on Braveheart star Mel Gibson, rapper Jay-Z and others matched records in public databases.
Singers Beyoncé Knowles and Britney Spears, Two and a Half Men actor Ashton Kutcher, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, socialite Paris Hilton, real estate mogul Donald Trump and Attorney General Eric Holder also appeared.
The site, which bore an internet suffix originally assigned to the Soviet Union, remained active on Monday afternoon.
Out in the open: Information belonging to Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher and singer Britney Spears were also revealed by the website
Huge: The site does not did not state how the information was obtained or why the 13 people – like Attorney General Eric Holder and real estate mogul Donald Trump – were selected
It did not state how the information was obtained or why the 13 people targeted on the site were selected, describing the records only as ‘secret files.’
Its existence was first reported Monday by celebrity website TMZ.
The site reported that both the LAPD and the FBI are investigating the hack.
Several of the purported credit reports appear to have been generated last week.
Representatives for each person targeted either declined to comment on the accuracy of the information that was posted, or they did not return messages seeking comment.
Several of the pages featured unflattering pictures of the celebrities or government officials whose information was posted.
The site’s page on Beck includes a taunting reference to former officer Christopher Dorner, who was killed in a shootout after killing four people over several days last month.
Beck’s page included the message ‘(hash)YouCantCornerTheDorner’ and an image of a woman protesting police corruption.
While government officials often have to disclose details on their finances – and celebrity divorces sometimes feature public financial data – the information posted online exceeds those disclosures.
Social Security numbers are rarely included in public records anymore because they can be used for identity theft.