TODAY   |  March 12, 2013

Hackers claim they targeted Michelle Obama, more

Hackers released sensitive personal online information of 14 high-profile figures Monday, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian. NBC’s Pete Williams reports on the privacy breach.

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>>> to find out how the personal information of u.s. politicians and high profile celebrities ended up online. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. pete, good morning. what's the latest.

>> reporter: good morning to you. those targeted include first lady michelle obama , vice president biden, the fbi director and a attorney general, the police chief of los angeles , and several celebrities including mel gibson , ashton kutcher and jay-z. a website using a domain name from the old soviet union posted their social security numbers and other personal identifying information . in a few cases it posted what appeared to be their credit reports . some of the information is out of date. the fbi director is shown living in san francisco , for example. other information appears to be accurate. it is the kind of data that can be bought online from commercially available websites. once the social security number and date of birth are known. among other victims are sarah palin and former secretary of state hillary clinton . other celebrities targeted include beyonce, kim kardashian and paris hilton . because so many celebrities live in l.a. as does the police chief the lapd are investigating as well as the fbi and secret service . the existence of the website was revealed monday. as of this morning it is in operation. we are not disclosing the address. there is no indication any of the information was obtained by computer hacking . those on the site join millions of other americans who are victims of identity theft but there is no sign so far that anyone tried to use the information posted on the site to pose as any of those targeted. savannah?

>> we showed some of the website images, not revealing the website address , as you mentioned. thanks for the report. here's