[ISN] Free credit report site appears to be source for celebrity data

https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237545/Free_credit_report_site_appears_to_be_source_for_celebrity_data By Jeremy Kirk IDG News Service March 12, 2013 A website that provides U.S. consumers with a free annual credit report appears to have been the source used by hackers to download those of celebrities including BeyoncA(c) and government officials including Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller. On Tuesday, a website called “Exposed.su” published Social Security Numbers, previous addresses, and birthdates of a range of well-known people, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jay Z, Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, among others. In the hacker world, the practice is known as “doxing.” An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the agency is investigating the breach. All told, hackers released information on 20 people, but credit reports were not available for every victim. Some of the personal data included credit reports from TransUnion, Experian and Equifax, the three main U.S. credit-rating agencies. Equifax spokesman Tim Klein said the source for the credit reports appears to be “Annualcreditreport.com” and not the result of a breach of the credit reporting agencies’ databases. […] ______________________________________________ Attend #HITB2013AMS April 8th – 11th in Amsterdam. Featuring over 42 international speakers and keynotes by Bob Lord and Edward Schwartz http://conference.hitb.org




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