First Lady's credit details leaked
THE FBI and the US secret service are investigating after what appear to be Michelle Obama's credit report – including her social security number, phone numbers, bank, mortgage and credit card details – were posted on the internet along with those of other celebrities and politicians.
Financial information purporting to relate to more than a dozen high-profile figures – including the politicians Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger; the singers Beyonce and Britney Spears; Mel Gibson, the actor; and Donald Trump, the property tycoon – was published by cyber-criminals on a website believed to have originated in Russia.
FBI agents said they 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 Robert Mueller, the FBI director; 30 pages relating to the Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck; information on Joe Biden, the US vice-president; and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, although not their credit reports.
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 actor Ashton Kutcher's American Express bill, and how much Kim Kardashian, the reality TV star, pays for her car lease.
There was doubt over the authenticity of some records. A phone number listed for Mr Biden was in fact a business in Delaware.
The website, exposed.su, had an address originally assigned to the Soviet Union in 1990. It had been viewed by more than 200,000 people last night.
A Twitter account linked to it included a message in Russian which, 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 and that could involve withdrawal of money. They said the FBI had been aware of it for some time. (© Daily Telegraph, London)