If you had any doubts how important IT security is in this day and age, this might help you quell them. Bill Gates has just become the latest celebrity whose personal details have been stolen by hackers.
The stolen information reportedly includes address (both current and previous), as well as date of birth and social security number. Hackers have published the details on the notorious website, Exposed.
Several other celebrities have had their personal information posted on this website — from Tiger Woods, Mitt Romney to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hilary Clinton, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, Mel Gibson and Britney Spears.
It can be said that Bill is in great company.
You may be wondering where the hackers got the details from in the first place. Well, first signs show that all the details have been compromised from US credit reporting firms, Experian and Equifax.
Credit reports contains a bunch of personal information like name, social security number, current and previous addresses, phone numbers, date of birth, along with employment information and obviously, the risk store.
Both Equifax and Experian maintain that hackers most likely got access to the private accounts on some outside sources. The Los Angeles Police Department is as of this writing looking into the case, though Bill Gates himself is yet to comment on this information leak.