Hulk Hogan and Nets Owner Jay-Z Among Celebrities Exposed in Extensive Hacking
Celebrities gladly give up some of their privacy for the cost of fame, but this is ridiculous. Several celebrities, including Hulk Hogan and Jay-Z, have had private, delicate information published on a creepy hacking website.
TMZ originally reported first lady Michelle Obama was among a long list of celebrities who recently had their financial records and other private information posted to a exposed.su that is, as of this writing, listed as inactive.
Update: Wednesday, March 13, 1:25 p.m. ET
Well, you can add two more high-profile names to the already lengthy list. TMZ is now reporting Mitt Romney as well as golf star Tiger Woods are among those allegedly hacked.
The hackers obtained full credit reports for both men. As for Mitt, the website has his social security number, phone numbers, as well as bank and other financial information.
As for Tiger ... ditto his social and what looks like complete financial data.
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While the website is now down, The New York Daily News managed to get a screen capture of the front page along with links to the following celebrities and their respective private information.
The list of those who were allegedly hacked also included; Jay-Z, rap mogul and minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets; Hulk Hogan, Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Donald Trump, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Vice President Biden, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Palin.
So far, there is no report on whether the claims which included information such as "addresses, Social Security numbers, mortgage accounts and credit card numbers and bank accounts" were ever verified as fact.
This really could have been nothing more than a grand an elaborate hoax, or it could have been a very creepy and thorough invasion of privacy for some very high-profile personalities.
While initially cautious about divulging any such investigation, the FBI has since come forward to confirm they are taking a close look at the alleged hacking.
A subsequent TMZ report states the agency may have already been tipped to the hijacking well before the bizarre website went live.
We're also told the FBI has been "aggressively investigating" the case ... and it also strikes close to home, because one of the victims is FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Our sources also make it clear ... the FBI knew about the hackers before they made themselves public. We're told, "The investigation did NOT start yesterday."
For the celebrities and high-profile public officials targeted, they have been told to get in touch with their financial agencies and lock down whatever they can immediately.
An already bizarre story takes an eerie turn when you consider the care the website's creators took to make something of an homage to Showtime's "Dexter."
TMZ breaks down the specifics, which includes a quote from the show which featured prominently at the top of the website, "If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve."
The quote comes from this clip at the end of the Season 2 finale.
Again, there is no way of knowing if the information provided was indeed the actual accounts and private details of those listed.
What is clear is the creators of this massive hacking feel they are justified in their villainy. The hope is that those involved are only dealt with what amounts to a sudden scare and nothing more.
Twitter is where it all goes down.
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