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Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce attend the 2013 NBA All Star game in Houston. They were among several celebrities and politicians whose personal information was hacked and posted on a website March 11.(Photo: Bob Donnan, USA TODAY)

(USA Today) -- A website using a Russian Web address has posted what appears to be personal or credit information on a dozen celebrities and politicians, including Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Some of the pages, for Obama and Biden, show only purported personal data like home addresses or credit history while others, including ones for Beyonce and Sarah Palin, include Social Security numbers. Beyonce's page also shows her purported mortgage balance on a home in Florida.

The Justice Department said Monday that the FBI was investigating how Mueller's Social Security number, address and credit report ended up on the site.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating, spokesman George Ogilvie said. He declined to give any details of the ongoing investigation.

The Secret Service, in addition to providing protection for President Obama, Vice President Biden and their families, also investigates financial and computer crimes and fraud.

The LAPD working with federal investigators to determine the origin of the information on the website, LAPD spokesman Officer Bruce Borihanh.

If the people behind the website accessed private sites to obtain the information, it would violate the law, he said. Borihanh said the LAPD is not verifying any of the information on the website, but if the credit reports are real, for example, accessing those would violate the law, he said.

"Most of it appears to be public information -- clippings from city budgets, real estate information," Borihanh said. "We're seeing if they accessed any private sites."

The website (exposed.su) which went up Monday, features an image from a poster showing a child with her finger over her lips and the headline "The Secret Files."

Underneath is the motto: "If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve."

The list also includes Attorney General Eric Holder, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher, Jay Z, Britney Spears, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Each page features an unflattering photo of the target.

The site does not state how the information was obtained or why the people targeted on the site were selected.

A Twitter profile linked to the site -- and created after it went up was first reported by celebrity website TMZ -- included an anti-police message in Russian.

The hackers' page on LAPD Police Chief Beck includes the soundtrack of an N.W.A. rap song that disparages the police.

Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said confidential information on top police officials has been posted online at least twice before.

"People get mad at us, go on the Internet and try to find information about us, and post it all on one site," Smith said.

"The best word I can use to describe it is creepy," he said about the practice known as doxxing. "It's a creepy thing to do."

The Beck page also includes a news photo showing protesters holding up a sign that reads, "If not for law enforcement corruption, Christopher Dorner would be still be alive."

Dorner was a former LAPD officer who went on a multiday shooting spree in February after posting charges on the Internet that he had been dismissed for racially biased reasons.

Dorner, who was accused of killing four people, including the daughter of a police official, died of a gunshot wound after he was surrounded in a hunting lodge that burned to the ground in Bear Lake Mountain, Calif.

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