Bill Gates among celebrities affected by financial info posted on website

It's a nightmare for anyone who has had their financial information exposed for all to see on a public website, and this week its been happening to a long list of well-known people in the entertainment, sports and political world. Today, it also happened to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

Naked Security reports that Gates' Social Security number, residential address, credit report and other financial information appeared on a website called "Secret Files," which has been posting similar information on many celebrities such as Al Gore, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and others. The information seems to have been taken by the three credit report companies; Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

So far, there's no word on exactly how the people behind this effort are getting this private information, but the FBI is currently investigating the matter. It does not appear that the credit info has been lifted from a server via a hacker attack. Rather, it is believed that the people who are posting this information are somehow posing as the celebrities to these credit companies and gathering this data.

Ironically, Gates talked about cyber security today in an Washington Post video interview, where he said, "The cyber thing — it’s wonderful that more attention is going into that." We have a feeling Gates might be putting some more attention into his own personal cyber security from now on.

Source: Naked Security | Image via Microsoft

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Why would anyone care about Bill Gates credit? We all know where he lives. All you have to do is use Google Maps and look for Bill Gates house. I dont need the address as I can see his hous eon the map and simply map there.

His credit rating? He is rich...his credita rating will be at the highest possible score. When you are the richest man in the world, he likely doesnt use much credit. He can just pay cash for everything.

What is bad is these losers exposing such private data to the public. If you want to expose something..please hack into the Pentagon's security cameras from 9/11 so we can see what really hit the building, as it surely wasnt a plane.

Why not hack or expose the type of info Wikileaks did. I mean give us something worth knowing. I could care less how the worlds richest man spends his cash.

I think Bill would probably have that smile turned upside down in this case.

Whats interesting though is that one of Gates addresses listed him living at Microsoft at one point. I guess this is before he settled down.

Mr. Dee said,
I think Bill would probably have that smile turned upside down in this case.

Whats interesting though is that one of Gates addresses listed him living at Microsoft at one point. I guess this is before he settled down.


I'm quite sure during his time at Microsoft, he practically lived at Microsoft.

Shadowzz said,

I'm quite sure during his time at Microsoft, he practically lived at Microsoft.

You can say what you want about Gates (Jobs as well) but he worked hard making Microsoft what it is. I'm sure he spent a lot of time on site in the early days.

you know, maybe... just maybe... it wasn't these people who where hacked, but a company that handles financial information for them? maybe?..... nah that explination is too simple...

"it is believe that the people who are posting this information are somehow posing as the celebrities to these credit companies and gather this data."

Social engineering. One of, if not the most effective method of hacking. You'd have thought with the problems that Mitnick caused back in the day, security would still be teaching safe guards of social engineering.