News: Jay-Z & Beyoncé Hackers Take Credit For Diddy Prank

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 12:35PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The celebrity hackers responsible for going after Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and more have now reportedly taken credit for a recent slew of Hollywood pranks.

According to reports, the unnamed attackers are now boasting about sending swarms of police to high-profile entertainers like Diddy and Tom Cruise's homes.

The hackers who've exposed the financial secrets of dozens of celebs are now taking credit for the recent string of high-profile swatting pranks in Hollywood ... including the one that just hit Diddy's house. The hackers updated their website today, taking credit for the Diddy prank as well as the prank targeting Paris Hilton last month. Sources close to the hacker investigation tell us, the hackers are also privately taking credit for every swatting prank that took place since authorities closed in on the original alleged swatting mastermind (a 12-year-old boy from California). In addition to Diddy and Paris, we're told the hackers are bragging about swatting Kim Kardashian, Tom Cruise, Chris Brown ... and even the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (TMZ)

After a brief hiatus, the celebrity hackers returned this week and went after Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and Grammy-winning singer Lady Gaga.

Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are among the newest victims of the celebrity hackers who exposed the financial secrets of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé last month. The hackers have posted what they claim are the social security numbers, credit information and mortgage amounts for several people including National Rifle Association vice-president Wayne LaPierre and U.S. Secret Service chief of staff Julia Pierson. (CBC)

Coincidentally, it appeared the hackers' days of reigning havoc across the Internet were over in mid-March.

They were looking for loot, but instead got some laughs. The hackers' fun was short-lived, however. They posted a farewell message on their website Saturday -- and hours later, the site was down. "We have enjoyed every minute of the past 12 days of providing entertainment and laughs to all of you," the rambling message read, according to TMZ.com. "Sadly it's time to say bon voyage -- we hope -- inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve." (New York Daily News)

They not only targeted music celebrities, but victims included some notable politicians.

Add hackers to the list of Jay-Z's 99 problems: the rapper, along with wife Beyoncé, was one of a bevy of stars whose financial records have been exposed and posted online. Britney Spears, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, and former presidential candidate Sarah Palin are among those who have been targeted by the website, which has an Internet suffix assigned to Russia. Some of the information posted includes Social Security numbers, which makes identity theft easily available for potential defrauders. (Rolling Stone)

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