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.
As we reported, the FBI has been investigating the hackers from the beginning. So far, no arrests have been made.
Angelina Jolie & Lady Gaga
By Celebrity Hackers
4/2/2013 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are the two newest victims of the celebrity hackers who had already exposed the financial secrets of Michelle Obama and Beyonce ... TMZ has learned.
The hackers returned to the Internet after a brief hiatus ... and immediately hit six more A-list victims, including Angelina, Gaga, NRA advocate Wayne LaPierre, Dennis Rodman, Michael Vick, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and Robert De Niro.
The hackers have posted what they claim to be the social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info for the celebs listed on their site.
The hackers' previous website was shut down by its host -- but it's now back up and running with a new domain extension (.re) that suggests it's based out of the French island of Réunion located off the coast of Madagascar.
Along with Beyonce and Michelle, the hackers previously hit names like Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Hillary Clinton, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kanye West, Mitt Romney, and Tiger Woods.
As we reported, the FBI has been investigating the hackers from the beginning ... no arrests have been made.
Peace ... We're Outta Here!
3/16/2013 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The celebrity hackers who have been posting the financial information of a number of celebrities have decided to call it quits ... this according to a message posted on their website.
As TMZ first reported, the website popped up earlier this week and revealed sensitive info on a slew of famous people ... including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Donald Trump, Britney Spears, Mitt Romney, Tiger Woords, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Biden, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, ... and the list goes on.
But today the hackers have called an end to their cyber war, saying, "Hello everyone, this is our final message. Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people. People with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you. Even Hitler and Osama Bin Laden had these unique variations and style, and isn't that interesting to know?"
They continued, "We have enjoyed every minute of the past 12 days of providing entertainment and laughs to all of you, sadly it's time to say bon voyage - we hope - inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment,thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love."
The hackers concluded by saying, "If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve."
That last line is from the show "Dexter" ... which the hackers have been heavily influenced by.
The FBI has been investigating since before the website became public.
3/15/2013 11:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's mounting evidence the celebrity hackers are targeting people they consider hateable ... because Octomom was just added to the growing list.
It seems the hackers have beef with every one of the celebs whose financial info they've exposed ... Mel Gibson, Kim Kardashian, FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA Director John Brennan, Tiger Woods, Mitt Romney, R. Kelly, Beyonce, Jay-Z and others.
We've deconstructed the hacker website and it appears they have an obsession with "Dexter" ... references are made to the main character killing bad people.
Kinda weird ... it took so long for the hackers to target Octo.
Mitt Romney, Tiger Woods
3/13/2013 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has learned ... the celebrity hackers who have been on a tear over the last few days have added new victims to their ever-growing list -- Mitt Romney and Tiger Woods.
The hackers obtained full credit reports for both men. As for Mitt, the website has his social security number, phone numbers, as well as bank and other financial information.
As for Tiger ... ditto his social and what looks like complete financial data.
Also new on the list ... Kris Jenner and Stacia Hylton, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service.
We broke the story ... law enforcement sources tell us the FBI has known about the hackers days before the story broke, and they are "aggressively" investigating.
These hackers really have a set.
Tons of Collateral Damage
3/13/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Celebs like Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Mel Gibson, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Kanye West aren't the only ones screwed by the hacking scandal -- TMZ has learned, their business teams have been PARALYZED by the massive security breach.
Several of the hacked celebrities -- who don't want to be named -- tell us, the phone numbers published online by the hackers have been blowing up all weekend.
Here's the rub ... the numbers don't belong to the celebs -- they're numbers of the celebs' lawyers, accountants, and business managers.
We're told fans have been calling the numbers nonstop, hoping to get through to the stars ... and it's become a gigantic pain in the ass -- in some cases more than 500 calls a day to a single number.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... authorities are working frantically to remove all of the info from the Internet ... a task that's next to impossible.
We're Doing Dexter's Work
3/12/2013 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The hackers responsible for exposing multiple celebrities' financial information fancy themselves heroic outlaws ... because they secretly idolize Dexter, the vigilante serial killer from the Showtime show.
The first clue ... there's a quote from "Dexter" at the top of the hackers' website -- "If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve." The quote is from the Season 2 finale episode entitled "The British Invasion."
But there's another more secret message ... if you search the website's source code ... you'll discover a link to a hidden YouTube video that doesn't appear anywhere on the hackers' page. The video contains the "Dexter" end credits theme music.
Then there's the obvious parallels between Dexter's "code" -- only killing murderers -- and the hackers' self-righteous vigilantism.
Among the celebs hacked ... Kim Kardashian, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Donald Trump, Al Gore, and Hulk Hogan. It's still unclear how the hackers selected their victims.
Also worth noting ... the hackers list their motto on their Twitter account in Russian, which translates to "F**k the police."
FBI to Hacking Victims
Your Bank Accounts
3/12/2013 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1:00 PM PT Equifax -- a credit reporting agency used by the hackers to access celeb info -- has released a statement acknowledging a security breach, saying, "Equifax can confirm that fraudulent and unauthorized access to four [celebrity] consumer credit reports has occurred.”
The FBI is warning celebrity hacking victims to put safeguards on their bank accounts NOW ... before the hackers rob them blind ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to several of the targeted celebs -- which include Mel Gibson, Hulk Hogan, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce -- tell us FBI agents have advised them to contact their financial institutions to slap fraud alerts on their accounts immediately.
We're told the fraud alert ensures the bank will contact the account holder anytime someone accesses the funds. The celebs are then expected to immediately contact the FBI.
The only good news for at least two of the celebs is we're told the FBI said no money has been stolen. Yet.
We're Not Just After Publicity
3/12/2013 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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."
3/12/2013 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Obama is the latest hacking victim in what has become an alarming breach of security.
The website that has disclosed detailed financial information about celebs like Beyonce, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian has now upped its game, revealing very personal financial info about the First Lady.
The website has posted Michelle's credit report, which includes her social security number, phone numbers, banking and mortgage info and credit card details.
The website also hacked into Joe Biden's history, but the info the hackers were able to obtain was extremely limited. They obtained much more in Michelle's case.
When you click on Michelle's name on the website, it reveals this comment: "Blame your husband, we still love you, Michelle." So this could be more than sport ... maybe this is a clue the hackers have beef with Barack.
6:36 AM PT -- The Secret Service and the FBI have taken an unusually cautious stance by not even confirming the existence of an investigation ... although law enforcement sources tell us they are extremely concerned about the leaks and other powerful people who may have been compromised.
7:43 AM PT -- The FBI has now "officially" confirmed an investigation is under way.
10:05 AM PT -- Al Gore has just been added to the list of hacking victims.
12 Huge Celebs
3/11/2013 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
UPDATE: 5:28 PM PDT: The list has just gotten longer. We've learned Britney Spears and Donald Trump have also been hacked.
Twelve big celebs and political figures, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, are the victims of a hacker who has posted detailed information about what appears to be their finances ... and we've learned law enforcement is on the case.
A website -- we're not disclosing the name -- has posted social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info of major celebs. In addition to Beyonce and Jay-Z ... the site has snagged financial dossiers of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Biden, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The site was not able to get a lot on Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, but most of the others on the list have had their financial info compromised.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the LAPD has already launched an investigation. We're told the FBI is looking into it.