Hackers target finances of more than a dozen celebs and public figures
There’s been a lot of celebrity hacking going on, with a group obtaining the financial information of about a dozen celebrities and public figures and posting it online. Many outlets are not naming the group to prevent people from clicking on the website featuring all this stuff, so The Juice* is going to go along with that.
News outlets like TMZ, E! and the Huffington Post are reporting people like Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Tiger Woods, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and LAPD police Chief Charlie Beck all have been hacked. It is a cyber crime known as “doxxing,” in which hackers seek out personal information based on public records. It’s a lot like swatting, where people were calling in fake home invasions to celebrities’ homes.
“LAPD detectives are investigating the recent disclosure of Chief Beck’s personal information. Apparently this is not necessarily a hacking incident,” the department said in a statement, according to HuffPo. “It is called ‘doxxing.’ This has happened to the Chief on two other occasions prior to this in a similar nature post Occupy LA. We are not at liberty to discuss the others mentioned in the web post.”
Among some of the information released were phone numbers for lawyers, accountants and business managers for the people, and TMZ says their phones have been ringing nonstop, paralyzing their businesses. The hackers also apparently have likened their crime — and it is a crime — to the Showtime show Dexter, in that they are self-righteous vigilantes.
On Wednesday the site revealed Kris Jenner and Stacia Hylton, director of the U.S. Marshals Service, were also on the list. Kris is no doubt thrilled to be in the company of people like the chief of police and the first lady. It’s like her dream come true!