Michelle Obama is the latest public figure to become the victim of a hacker targeting celebrities and politicians. The First Lady’s credit reports and and alleged social security number were posted on the hacker’s website late Monday.
It appears the hackers have some beef with President Obama. Reportedly, when you click the First Lady’s name on the site, the comment appears: “Blame your husband, we still love you, Michelle.”
The hacker also targeted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden–so it does seem he/she has it in for Democrats. The hacker did not reveal Biden or Clinton’s social security, but other confidential information like home addresses.
LA Police Chief Charlie Beck and FBI Director Robert Mueller were also targeted. When asked about the hack, the FBI said it was aware of the site, yet would not confirm an investigation.
The hacker’s interest extends beyond politicians, also posting confidential information belonging to celebrities. So far, Beyonce, Jay-Z Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton have been victims.
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said the LAPD was taking the threats seriously, investigating the posting of the police chief’s information, as well as any targeted celebrities who live in their jurisdiction. “People get mad at us, go on the Internet and try to find information about us, and post it all on one site,” said Smith, noting the practice is called “doxxing.” “The best word I can use to describe it is creepy,” he continued. “It’s a creepy thing to do.”
An early guess posited the hacker might be located in Russia. The hacker site also linked to a Twitter account @exposedsu which has text written in Russian in just two tweets, which were posted Monday.
The tweets can be roughly translated as “Hello world, we are exposed. Our goal is to show you all that this is only one of a few tricks up our sleeves.”
Representatives for the celebrity targets have mostly remained mum, understandably hesitant to confirm if the information is authentic.