Police in Los Angeles have teamed with the FBI to investigate Russian hackers suspected of stealing and posting sensitive information about Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, law enforcement officials and Hollywood celebrities.
The material in question was posted on a website using .su as a suffix — reportedly a tip-off that the perpetrators have a Russian connection (.su is shorthand for Soviet Union).
FBI Director Robert Mueller and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck are among those whose information is believed to have been hacked. Jay-Z, Beyonc, Britney Spears, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton, Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump are among the celebrities whose data is believed to have been compromised.
The information included social security numbers, credit reports, addresses and banking details.
It is not clear how much of the information is accurate. For instance, ABC phoned one of the numbers purported to belong to Joe Biden; it connected to a business in Delaware.