Friday, March 15, 2013

Octomom the latest celebrity 'doxxed' by hackers

Another celebrity has been hacked as the massive and "somewhat Dexter-related" celebrity "doxxing" case continues to expand. On Friday, it was revealed that a new celebrity had been added to the list, one that seems to fit in perfectly with those hacked thus far.

Doxxing is the act of revealing the personal information of people on the Internet, generally including their name, address, phone number(s), social security number, passwords, and other financial information.

New on the list is that famous mother of multiple children, all via in-vitro fertilization: Nadya Suleman, or Octomom.

Reports on the hack began filtering in on Tuesday. According to the latest report, the hackers appear to have some sort of vendetta against those they have hacked. Earlier reports listed the following celebrities as being hacked:
  • Charlie Beck (Los Angeles Police Department chief)
  • Beyonce
  • Jay-Z
  • Joe Biden
  • John Brennan (CIA dicector)
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Stacy Hylton (Direct of the U.S. Marshals service)
  • Kris Jenner
  • R. Kelly
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Mel Gibson
  • Paris Hilton
  • Eric Holder
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Robert Mueller (FBI director)
  • Michelle Obama
  • Sarah Palin
  • Britney Spears
  • Donald Trump
  • Tiger Woods
The amount of information obtained for each person differs. For example, there wasn't much revealed for Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, but a significant amount of data was obtained for FLOTUS Michelle Obama.

Sources say that the FBI has known about the hackers before the leakd and story broke, and that they are "aggressively" investigating -- as you might expect, even without FBI director Robert Mueller on the list.

In addition, it's known that the hack has affected more than just the celebrities involved. In a number of cases, the phone numbers published online by the did not belong to the celebrities. Instead, they are numbers to representatives of the celebrities: attorneys, business managers, business managers, and more.

In some cases these team members have had to deal with over 500 calls a day to a single number.

In addition to trying to crack the case, the FBI is trying to scrub the information from the Internet. That would be next to impossible, as "what's posted on the Internet, stays on the Internet," though perhaps not at the original site.

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