Kanye West and Kris Jenner added to the list of celebrities possibly hacked
Kanye West and Kris Jenner are just the latest celebrities who have been added to the list of notable people whose financial information was possibly hacked and put up on a website, according to ABC News.
In addition to West and Jenner, alleged financial information on Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger has been added to the website. There was also what appears to be a credit report of First Lady Michelle Obama on the site.
The U.S. Secret Service has launched an investigation into possible hacking of personal financial information of the first lady, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sources told ABC News. According to the source, some of the information that is on the site appears to be accurate and should not have been made available on publicly available websites.
President Barack Obama confirmed that authorities were investigating the matter in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, March 11.
"We should not be surprised that if we've got hackers that want to dig in and have a lot of resources, that they can access this information," President Obama said. "Again, not sure how accurate but ... you've got web sites out there that tell people's credit card info. That's how sophisticated they are."
The credit reporting company Equifax confirmed in a statement on Tuesday, March 12, that there has been some unauthorized access to at least four consumer credit reports.
"We are aware of recent media reports pertaining to unauthorized access to files belonging to high-profile individuals," Equifax said in a statement to ABC News. "Equifax can confirm that fraudulent and unauthorized access to four consumer credit reports has occurred through the annualcreditreport.com channel, a free public service that allows all consumers to get annual access to their credit report."
"Our initial investigation shows the perpetrators had the PII (Personally Identifiable Information) of the individuals whose files were accessed and were therefore able to pass the required authentication measures in place," the statement continued. "We have launched a full investigation into this matter and we are also working closely with law enforcement authorities on this matter."
The site in question appears to have originated in Russia and initially launched with the possible social security numbers and credit reports of Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher.
Pages posted on Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not include sensitive information like credit reports, but did include addresses and other informations.
The Associated Press reported on Monday, March 11, that the social security numbers posted on the site for Mel Gibson and Jay-Z matched records in public databases.
The site's existence was first reported by TMZ on Monday. Others targeted in the hack included FBI Director Robert Mueller and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.