Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Supposed Hacking of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton's Personal Information Looks More Like a Hoax

March 11, 2013

A screenshot of the website that claims it hacked several politicians and celebrities in March 2013.

An anonymous hacker with a Russian domain name has posted what appears to be personal information belonging to Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as several Hollywood celebrities. The site,, claims to have stolen social security numbers, current and former addresses, and telephone numbers belonging to the politicos.

But like many supposed hacks of late, this effort may be nothing more than a hoax.

A phone number the site says belongs to Vice President Biden actually goes to a store called Delaware Seed & Garden. A phone number the site claims belongs to Robert Mueller went to a recording of what sounded like a beating heart. A prior address of Hillary Clinton's that was supposedly hacked is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave—the address of the White House.

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Though we don't know much about the anonymous hacker, he or she appears to be a fan of Showtime's hit TV show Dexter. According to the site's source code, a YouTube video of the show's theme song was supposed to autoplay on a loop. The quote scrawled across the top, "If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve," was taken from an episode that aired in 2007.

A scary photo used on the site, showing a girl with her eyes covered in black makeup and putting her finger to her lips, was also stolen: it previously appeared on DeviantArt, an online community of artists, where the photo was tagged "Horror & Macabre." Nevertheless, an Los Angeles Police Department spokesman tells Whispers it is looking into the incident and would have more information once "top brass" finish meeting.

Greg Otto contributed to this post.

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