LAPD investigating leak of officials' finance docs (Update)

March 11th, 2013 by Tami Abdollah in Technology / Internet
In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, Beyonce Knowles attends the premiere of "Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. Knowles is among 11 celebrities and government officials whose private financial information appears to have been posted online by a site that began garnering attention on Monday, March 11, 2013. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, Beyonce Knowles attends the premiere of "Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. Knowles is among 11 celebrities and government officials whose private financial information appears to have been posted online by a site that began garnering attention on Monday, March 11, 2013. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(AP)—Los Angeles police say they are investigating the online posting of private financial records of several celebrities and the department's police chief.

A site posted what appear to be credit reports, Social Security numbers and other private details on Police Chief Charlie Beck, FBI Director Robert Mueller and stars such as Jay-Z and Oscar-winner Mel Gibson.

The site did not state why each person was targeted.

Commander Andrew Smith says private information about high-ranking police officials has been posted at least twice before.

Police suspect the information was taken from what is supposed to be a secure city database.

In this Dec. 4, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announces that four suspects have been arrested in Las Vegas, in the case of the slayings of four people who were found dead in front of an unlicensed boarding house, during a news conference in Los Angeles. Beck is among 11 celebrities and government officials whose private financial information appears to have been posted online by a site that began garnering attention on Monday, March 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Credit reports posted on the site for Beck and others were apparently generated last week.

The FBI says it is aware of the site, but would not confirm it is investigating.

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