UPDATE 6:27 p.m. Los Angeles police say they're investigating the posting of personal information, including private financial records, from several high-profile celebrities and public servants, according to the Associated Press — including LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
Commander Andrew Smith told the Associated Press that private information about high-ranking police officials has been posted online at least twice before and that police suspect the info was taken from a private city database.
The AP also reports that the FBI says it's aware of the site, but wouldn't confirm whether it's investigating further.
— Mike Roe & Tami Abdollah/AP
UPDATE 6:00 p.m. Hackers have added three more victims to the celebs whose personal information has been revealed: Britney Spears, Donald Trump... and Hulk Hogan.
They've also added a charmingly '90s-style Web traffic counter to their homepage, as well as a button to follow them on Twitter (which we are not linking to here). Their Twitter account is in Russian.
— Mike Roe
Previously: A sparse website titled “The Secret Files” has released what appeared to be the personal information of several high-profile public officials and celebrities, including LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Beck's info appears to have been released in support of rogue ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
The information listed by the site includes Social Security numbers, credit reports, auto loans, bank transaction info, addresses and phone numbers.
The page on Beck appeared to support Dorner, who killed several people tied with the department before apparently ending his own life when surrounded by police. It included the Twitter hashtag #YouCantCornerTheDorner and a photo showing protesters supporting Dorner. Beck’s the only figure whose page includes context beyond the photos and leaked info.
The public servants on the list included Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Celebrities whose personal info was outed by the site include Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher, Mel Gibson and Paris Hilton.
The website, which we aren’t linking to here, is registered under the .su country code, which was originally created for the Soviet Union. Swiss security blog abuse.ch notes that top-level domain has been increasingly used by cybercriminals.
The site appears to mock those cited, including pictures of Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton crying, with others on the site presented with photos that are less than flattering or showing signs of being upset.
— Mike Roe