Feeds

Doxer who? Toxic site drops offline after exposing Paris Hilton's privates

Major US credit agency Equifax confirms fraud

High performance access to file storage

A rogue website that published the financial details on US celebs, politicians and other public figures was taken offline over the weekend - but not before it published the supposed credit reports of Bill Gates and CIA Director John Brennan. Meanwhile, all three of the major US credit agencies confirmed that fraudulent activity has taken place.

The site last week exposed the purported social security numbers, addresses and social security numbers of many US celebrities, businesspeople and political figures including Michelle Obama, Paris Hilton, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Charlie Beck, the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, among others. Dates on some of the reports, such as Hilton's, suggest some of the information was put together as recently as earlier this month.

The private information included data sourced from three credit reporting agencies: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. It seems that the mystery parties behind the rogue website gathered info on celebs and public figures before using this information to successfully impersonate targets and access the credit histories, which they subsequently released.

"We are aware of recent media reports pertaining to unauthorized access to files belonging to high-profile individuals," Tim Klein, a spokesman for Equifax, told Bloomberg. "Equifax can confirm that fraudulent and unauthorized access to four consumer credit reports has occurred."

Clifton O’Neal, a spokesman for TransUnion, told the news agency that the hackers had prior information on targets, including Social Security numbers, while Experian said that it had frozen the credit files of affected parties.

The data may have come from annualcreditreport.com, a US government-established website created by the three major US credit reference agencies with the aim of making it easier for consumers to get free copies of their credit reports, reports NBC, citing sources at Equifax.

Annualcreditreport.com is frequently abused by internet denizens to steal credit reports, adds security blogger Brian Krebs.

As previously reported, the FBI and LAPD are both investigating the leak. Although the rogue website was shut down on Sunday, another group has stepped forward with the stated aim of continuing the work of the mystery doxers. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.