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Hollywood and Washington D.C. have been hit by another major hacking.
An anonymous hacker has posted detailed financial and personal records from major celebrities and politicians. Out of Hollywood, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher, Mel Gibson, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton had varying levels of information about their credit, mortgage payments and contact information published. TMZ first reported the news.
The government officials exposed were Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI director Robert Mueller and LAPD chief Charlie Beck.
The site consists of both basic personal information and screen grabs of financial statements from online banking accounts.
Hollywood is no stranger to these kinds of cyberattacks. In December, a hacker who admitted to stealing nude photos from various stars, including Scarlett Johansson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Studios also have been victims of hacking, as The Hollywood Reporter relayed last week.
“I know of major Hollywood studios that have worked on distribution rights and other negotiations with Chinese companies and have been hacked before those negotiations had been completed because the Chinese wanted their negotiation playbook,” cyber-espionage expert Dmitri Alperovitch, former vp threat research at McAfee and co-founder of CrowdStrike, told THR. “The other side knows exactly what they’re planning to do and will cheat and get their way in the negotiation.”
Meanwhile, the New York Times recently was revealed as being the victim of an advanced hacking group sponsored by the Chinese government.
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