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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Big Celebrities’ Social Security Numbers Exposed Online by Hackers

Social Security number is a very valuable asset to every American. Because of its importance, it is a staple target of identity thieves and scam artists.. As it is, SS number holders and the federal and state governments are exerting their best efforts to protect the same from hackers.

Unfortunately, despite the meticulous security measures observed by everyone, hackers still prevail. Recent reports confirmed that several famous celebrities’ SS numbers were published in a mystery website.

Reports said that celebrities and politicians were the targeted by the credit card number and SS number leaks online. Some of the big names that were tagged in the leak include U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, the New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates, Mitt Romney, Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashians, Beyonce and R. Kelly.

As of the press time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is conducting an investigation to determine who is behind the mystery website, which is still up and has been busy in its constant update until present.  

The authorities suspect that the personal information was obtained from the three credit reporting companies – The Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. However, the latter denied that their systems were hacked or compromised during a brief interview.

In an article published by Microsoft with regards to the leaked information, it discourages users to visit the said website. The software-giant claimed that visiting the mysterious website might put your computer at risk of malware infection. Also, in a way, it is like you are encouraging the illegal private information disclosure.

Moreover, authorities speculate that hackers plan to use the stolen data to successfully impersonate their targets and access its credit histories.

Unfortunately, identity fraud is very prevalent nowadays. It is often done by stealing someone’s personal information like credit card accounts, phone numbers and Social Security number. Therefore, a series of bill regarding such personal information’s disclosure were recently introduced by each state, shared by a Los Angeles permanent disability lawyer.