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HACKED OFF; Beyonce and Jay-Z targeted as web criminals reveal celeb bank details online.

Byline: SAM HAMILTON Showbiz Reporter

BEYONCE and Jay-Z have had their financial details posted online in a hacking attack.

The superstars were among a group of fifteen celebrities whose details were published on a website. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mel Gibson and Ashton Kutcher were also among those caught in the sting.

Hackers posted stars' details on a website believed to have originated in Russia.

Los Angeles police are investigating how a police chief's private details, including his address and a credit report, ended up on the web.

Commander Andrew Smith said they are trying to track down the source of the hack.

He added: "People get mad at us, go on the internet, try to find information about us and post it all on one site. The best word I can use to describe it is creepy."

Cmdr Smith also confirmed police would be investigating the posting of information about any celebrities living in Los Angeles.

The site's main page, titled The Secret Files, has a picture of a gaunt teenage girl in zombie-like make-up shushing the viewer.


Music from TV series Dexter plays in the background of the homepage as visitors are invited to click on a celebrity's name and receive information including addresses, mortgage accounts and credit card numbers and bank accounts.

Other celebrities believed to have been affected are Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.

Some of the financial information posted includes social security numbers, which could allow fraudsters to commit identity theft.

Information about FBI Director Robert Mueller is also thought to have been uploaded.

The bureau has said it is aware of the site but has not revealed whether it will be investigating.

The website uses an internet suffix assigned to the Soviet Union and includes some embarrassing pictures of the people who are mentioned.

It did not state how it sourced the information but did include an antipolice message written in Russian.

So far representatives for each person targeted declined to comment on the accuracy of the information that was posted.

People get mad at us, try to find information about us and post it online POLICE CMDR SMITH


STOLEN INFO Beyonce and Jay-Z were among those hacked

SINISTER The Secret Files site

ATTACKED Hillary Clinton
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2013
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