Celebrity finances hacked

Beyonce and Jay-Z are among the celebrities whose private financial details were hacked.

As my friend Kevin Kosh put it when he emailed the story to me: "Here’s an interesting wakeup." It appears several celebrities, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, are the victims of a large-scale hack. Now their financial details are online.

Below are details from the BBC. My question, after reading all the names in this article, is this: Who WASN'T victimized in this attack?

US celebrities including Beyonce and Jay-Z have had private details of their finances posted online. Hackers have also put up information, but not credit reports, about US Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Los Angeles police say they are investigating how a police chief's private details, including his address and a credit report, ended up online. Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith described the site as "creepy". He said: "People get mad at us, go on the Internet and try to find information about us, and post it all on one site. "The best word I can use to describe it is creepy." He also confirmed that police would be investigating the posting of information about any celebrities living in Los Angeles. 

Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher and Kim Kardashian are all said to be affected Other affected people include Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Some of the private financial information posted includes social security numbers, which could allow fraudsters to commit identity theft. Actors Mel Gibson and Ashton Kutcher are also reported to have been targeted on the site.

The story is almost comical to me because of the vast list of names involved. But in the bigger picture, it's more sad than anything else. No one is safe from these attacks. Fortunately, there are things we can do to protect ourselves.

The question to be answered now is what the latest victims did or didn't do to allow the bad guys in.

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