by Deona Hooper, MSW
Reports have been exploding on the web about an alleged cyber scheme to expose and post sensitive financial data of high profile celebrities such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and up to 12 other celebrities. TMZ did an exclusive on the celebrities hacked in this alleged plot to post their financial data on an undisclosed website. Initial reports states the data obtained by the hackers were retrieved from the same credit reporting agency where other companies obtain data to send out pre-approval offers. The data included information such as social security numbers, mortgage information, and out-dated credit data. If high profile celebrities are at risk of identify theft, maybe now they will do something to help protect the rest of us mere mortals.
According to TMZ,
A website — we’re not disclosing the name — has posted social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info of major celebs. In addition to Beyonce and Jay-Z … the site has snagged financial dossiers of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Biden, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holderand LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Read more