In what can only be call a network security and identity protection blunder of massive proportions hackers have cracked the security for several major online credit reporting services. The Russian hacker group “Exposedsu” posted the credit reports of several important key United states political figures, political gadflies, major hollywood actors, and reality tv personalities. The credit reporting services that seem to have been caught up in this mess are Transunion, Equifax, FreeCreditReports.com, YourScoreAndMore.com, and CreditKarma.com. Transunion and Equifax being the primary of the major three public credit reporting agencies.
On March 11th, 2013 at 3:00 pm eastern standard time the hacker group “Exposedsu” posted to twitter the message:
Привет мир, мы подвергаемся. Нашей целью является показать вам все, что это лишь одно из немногих трюков в рукаве одинокие волки. #exposedsu
— Exposed (@exposedsu) March 11, 2013
Which google roughly translates to:
Hello world, we are exposedsu. Our goal is to show you all that this is only one of a few tricks up his sleeve lone wolves.
They then posted a second tweet to a simple static website which had the personal information; including social security number, phone number, and address history, of political figures Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director Robert Mueller, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Exposedsu also posted the personal information of actors Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ashton Kutcher, Musicians Jay Z, Beyonce, and Britney Spears. As well as posting the personal information of reality tv and media personalities of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton.
But at around 10:00 pm EST the same day they posted the personal information and credit report history of United States First Lady Michelle Obama. With it they posted the message:
“Blame your husband, we still love you, Michelle. <3”
Of the other personalities and political figures posted only former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and Donald trump did not have their Credit report history posted. Of the people with credit report history posted the group singled out reality tv personality and social gadfly Kim Kardashian. They posted her mortgage information, car loan history, and outstanding debts history. Most funny of all is the amount of information posted by the group.
Of the sources of the leaked credit reports the credit reports of Eric Holder, Jay-Z, and Arnold Schwarzenegger came straight from Equifax as full multi page adobe PDF files. The sources of First Lady Michelle Obama, Ashton Cutcher, Beyonce Knowles, Hulk Hogan, Mel Gibson, Charlie Beck, and Robert Muller credit reports coming from website rips of TransUnion’s website. Lastly the sources of Kim Kardashian and Brittany Spears coming from CreditKarma.com; Paris Hilton’s from FreeCreditReport.com; and Sarah Palin’s coming from YourScoreAndMore.com
What reaction this will bring in either lawsuits, serious criminal investigations of the credit reporting services, or even USA and Russian relationships will be a big factor of this story in the weeks to come.