Rap mogul Jay-Z, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Kim Kardashian and more celebrities can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the hackers responsible for leaking their personal information this month have finally fallen back.
According to reports, the unknown hackers decided to stop their excessive exploitation on numerous high-profile entertainers and politicians this weekend.
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)
A few days ago, reports suggested the hackers were using the financial and personal information they obtained for their own personal gain.
The hackers who obtained Michelle Obama‘s financial records — along with some of the biggest celebs in the world — aren’t just seeking recognition … law enforcement sources tell TMZ they have been “using” the credit information. Our sources would not be specific on how the information has been used, but it could involve access and withdrawal of money. As we previously reported, the hackers have obtained personal banking information as well as social security numbers and that could be enough to obtain withdrawals of cash. We’re also told the FBI has been “aggressively investigating” the case … and it also strikes close to home, because one of the victims is FBI Director Robert Mueller. Our sources also make it clear … the FBI knew about the hackers before they made themselves public. We’re told, “The investigation did NOT start yesterday.” (TMZ)
They not only targeted music celebrities, but victims which included a slew of Hollywood stars like Paris Hilton.
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)