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Pursuit of hackers who took credit reports expands

March 13, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Jay-Z poses backstage with the awards for best rap/sung collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” and best rap performance for “N****s in Paris” at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Jay-Z is among 11 celebrities and government officials whose private financial information appears to have been posted online by a site that began garnering attention on Monday, March 11, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pursuit of hackers who audaciously stole and published credit reports for Michelle Obama, the attorney general, FBI director and other U.S. politicians and celebrities crisscrossed continents and included a San Francisco-based Internet company, Cloudflare, The Associated Press has learned.

The sensational crime caught the attention of Congress and President Barack Obama, who said “we should not be surprised.”

Obama said he could not confirm that the first lady’s credit report was published earlier this week on a Russian website, along with what appeared to be the credit reports of nearly two dozen others, including Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and celebrities Britney Spears, Jay Z, Beyonce and Tiger Woods.

Perhaps in a show of defiance as the FBI, Secret Service and the Los Angeles Police Department coordinated efforts to investigate the security breach, the website added late Wednesday what it said was the credit report of disgraced Pennsylvania football coach Jerry Sandusky.

If accurate as widely suspected, the leaked records put each victim at significant risk of identity theft. Included in the reports are Social Login to read more

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