– The FBI and the US Secret Service are investigating after what appeared to be Michelle Obama’s credit report – including her social security number, phone numbers and bank, mortgage and credit card details – we’re posted on the internet along with those of celebrities and politicians.
Financial information purporting to relate to more than a dozen high-profile figures – including politicians Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, singers Beyoncé and Britney Spears, actors Mel Gibson and property tycoon Donald Trump – was published on a website believed to originate in Russia.
FBI agents said the people who published the details may have used information to obtain money from victims and warned those targeted to put fraud alerts on their bank accounts.
The details include the social security number, address and credit report of FBI director Robert Mueller, 30 pages relating to Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck and information on US Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A message posted with Mrs Obama’s details said: “Blame your husband, we still love you, Michelle.”
The so-called secret files also purportedly disclosed details such as the actor Ashton Kutcher’s American Express bill and how much Kim Kardashian pays for her car lease.
There was doubt over the authenticity of some records. A phone number listed for Mr Biden was a business in Delaware.
The website, exposed.su, had an address originally assigned to Soviet Union in 1990. It had been viewed by more than 200,00 people by Wednesday.
A Twitter account linked to it included a message in Russian that, loosely translated, said: “Hello world, we are exposed. Our goal is to show you all that this is only one of a few tricks up our sleeve.”
Police sources told the website TMZ that cyber criminals were using the credit information. They said the FBI had been aware of it for some time.
The latest example of cyber theft came as a US intelligence chief warned that the country faced mounting danger from attacks on infrastructure and digital espionage.
Director do National Intelligence James Clapper said in an annual report to Congress that unsophisticated attacks could penetrate poorly protected computer networks for power grids or similar systems.
The threat of a large-scale digital assault that could cripple a regional power network was genuine but remained a remote possibility, the report said – Nick Allen


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