Hackers publish private details of Beyonce, Sarah Palin, Kim Kardashian and Hillary Clinton online
A website has posted the private financial records of government officials and celebrities including the director of the FBI, Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Los Angeles police said they were investigating how the Social Security number, address and a credit report of the police chief ended up on the site. The site also posted the same information about FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The site also targeted stars such as Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. Information posted about vice president Joe Biden and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information.
Social Security numbers posted on Gibson, Jay-Z and others matched records in public databases.
The site, which bears an internet suffix originally assigned to the Soviet Union, expanded throughout the day on Monday to add entries on Britney Spears, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and others.
It did not state how the information was obtained or why the 11 people targeted on the site were selected, describing the records only as "secret files." A Twitter profile linked to the site and created after its existence was first reported by celebrity website TMZ included an anti-police message in Russian.
Several of the purported credit reports appear to have been generated last week.
Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the LAPD would also investigate the posting of information on any celebrities who live in the city.
He said confidential information on senior police officials has been posted online at least twice before.
"People get mad at us, go on the internet and try to find information about us, and post it all on one site," Mr Smith said.
"The best word I can use to describe it is creepy," he said about the practice known as doxxing. "It's a creepy thing to do."
Frank Preciado, assistant officer in charge at the LAPD online section, said the postings are also illegal. He said the information was likely taken from what is supposed to be a secure database of city employees.
Several of the pages featured unflattering pictures of the celebrities or government officials whose information was posted.