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Beyonce, Jay-Z, Hillary Clinton among local celebrities targeted by hackers
Beyonce, Jay-Z and Hillary Rodham Clinton are among the celebrities with Hudson Valley ties who have been victimized by hackers who posted their personal information online yesterday.
The site that posted the stars' private information has a Russian Web address. Information posted on individual celebrity pages included sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, home addresses, credit card numbers and bank accounts.
Beyonce and Jay-Z, who received their marriage licence in Scarsdale, were targeted by the hackers, as were Mel Gibson, a Peekskill native, and Donald Trump, a graduate of the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on Hudson.
When asked to comment on the situation, Trump told Extra on Tuesday, “It's a shame ... that's technology. The old-fashioned way used to be the best ... you could lock it up and it'd be done."
Clinton, a Chappaqua resident, and Vice President Joe Biden were among the few political figures who were victimized. Clinton and Biden had less personal information revealed on the site than other targeted celebrities.
TMZ reported that the FBI has advised all of the victims, who also include Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher, to lock down their bank accounts so that their finances don't get compromised.