WASHINGTON: The FBI and other US agencies said on Tuesday they were investigating a website that posted financial and personal information about first lady Michelle Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and other government figures as well as celebrities including singers Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Some of the information was fraudulently obtained via a commonly used website for consumer credit reports, according to Equifax Inc, which said it was launching its own internal investigation.
It was unclear how much of the data, which first appeared on the website www.exposed.su on Monday, was accurate or who posted it.
The site listed social security numbers, telephone numbers, addresses and credit reports purportedly belonging to 18 prominent Americans. At least some of the telephone numbers were inaccurate.
The website, whose first page portrayed a mysterious-looking woman wearing heavy eye make-up with one finger over her lips, was still accessible on Tuesday although some links relating to individuals could not be opened.
Others listed on the page included FBI director Robert Mueller, attorney-general Eric Holder, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, actors Ashton Kutcher and Arnold Schwarzenegger and property mogul Donald Trump.
Asked about the posting on Mrs Obama, Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said: “We are investigating the matter. Due to the ongoing investigation we can’t comment any further.” A Justice Department spokeswoman said the FBI was investigating.