Hackers Get Tons Of Detailed Info On Nearly 1 Million Rich & Famous By Copying Major Limo Broker Service's Database

from the a-treasure-trove dept

Brian Krebs has yet another fascinating story from the hacking underground, where he's discovered that hackers appear to have broken into the computer system for CorporateCarOnline, a service that brokers limos around the US, and grabbed a copy of their database -- which appears to include a ton of information. This includes names, details and financial info on tons of A-list celebrities, sports stars and politicians. Krebs discloses some of the "notes" associated with some people, including LeBron James, Tom Hanks, Donald Trump, Aaron Rodgers, Rep. John Conyers, Senator Mark Udall and others. The note on Conyers apparently said: "Meet and Greet Baggage Claim. US Congressman. A DFTU situation," which Krebs suspects stands for "don't fuck this up."

However, as Krebs notes, the database could be a field day for tabloids (and, one assumes, blackmailers), because the notes associated with certain passengers for things they may have done in those limos can, at times, be embarrassing.
Any two-bit tabloid would have an absolute field day with this database. Simple text searches for certain words (“sex,” “puke,” “arrest,” “police,” “smoking pot”) reveal dozens of records detailing misbehavior and all kinds of naughtiness by executives, celebrities and people you might otherwise expect to behave civilly.

For example, the following is an explanation taken from a limo reservation made back in May 2006 by a woman working for MTV. The limo in question was actually a stretch Hummer with capacity to seat 14 passengers, and was rented for the occasion of visiting a series of wineries in Long Island, NY. When the stretch Hummer returned to the shop after disgorging its passengers, the fleet’s owners discovered that the vehicle had been plastered with cheese slices and crackers, and that someone had left behind a sex toy
And, with that, you have to imagine that TMZ, Gawker and others just started trying to figure out how they get their hands on this database...


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    silverscarcat (profile), Nov 4th, 2013 @ 12:23pm

    If anything...

    This should show why the NSA database idea is a VERY BAD THING!

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:13pm

    Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    The list of names given here, with notably Udall and Trump, enemies of the administration, slightly suggests this too is yet another psyop.

    Definitely it shows why no one should want ANY corporation having such database.

    Now just imagine what Google has on YOU.

     

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    S. T. Stone, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:17pm

    Re: Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    If you have such a problem with Google, why not go start up your own blog about it — with blackjack and hookers?

     

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    Baron von Robber, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:22pm

    Rep. Mike Rogers in database

    Oh no. Rogers has an entry...

    "Left 'Depends' diapers behind"

    Ok, everybody in the world. Don't tell Rogers about this so that his privacy isn't violated

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:27pm

    Re: Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    Go back to your basement command center.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    Again, blue, I don't need to use Google, in fact, I limit how much information any corporation has on me out there, it's why I barely use Social Media for anything.

    Google can only get information if I give it to them. The government can take my information without me giving consent.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    Go take your meds blue, please.

     

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    Shawn (profile), Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    So your position is a company should not keep a database that lists its customers and the preferences of those customers? So each returning customer's service should be like Groundhog Day?

     

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    gorehound (profile), Nov 4th, 2013 @ 2:55pm

    (“sex,” “puke,” “arrest,” “police,” “smoking pot”)
    HA HA HA HA !!!
    Please release all Data as a Torrent and Seed it on many Trackers.

    Mike Rogers wears Diapers and has Erotic Encounters while wearing them.He loves to wear a diaper and play with his shlong.

     

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    SolkeshNaranek (profile), Nov 4th, 2013 @ 3:00pm

    Re:

    >Mike Rogers wears Diapers and has Erotic Encounters while wearing them.He loves to wear a diaper and play with his shlong.

    I wonder if Rogers even has a shlong. He seems to be over compensating for something with his disjointed and idiotic support of the NSA.

     

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    RadialSkid (profile), Nov 4th, 2013 @ 3:19pm

    Honestly, I'd like to see this myself. It sounds like solid frigging gold...

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Nov 4th, 2013 @ 5:03pm

    “sex,” “puke,” “arrest,” “police,” “smoking pot”

    And that was just the notes on Miley Cyrus!

     

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    weneedhelp - not signed in, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 6:31pm

    Smells fishy

    "because the notes associated with certain passengers for things they may have done in those limos can, at times, be embarrassing." Why is a limo driver(s)keeping notes of what passengers do in the limo? Is there a camera somewhere? Most limos I have been in have a darkened partition between the cab and back. Something doesn't add up with that statement.

     

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    Anon-Y-Mouse, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 6:51pm

    News of this couldn't have come out at a better time. So many rich people's lives exposed a bit more.

    "because the notes associated with certain passengers for things they may have done in those limos can, at times, be embarrassing." Why is a limo driver(s)keeping notes of what passengers do in the limo? Is there a camera somewhere? Most limos I have been in have a darkened partition between the cab and back. Something doesn't add up with that statement.

    Not fishy at all to me. They are keeping tabs on good vs. bad customers and how much cleanup may be needed after them. I bet that all gets factored into the price they get charged next time. ;)

     

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    Guardian, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 7:27pm

    more leaks and databases to be revealed

    stay tuned folks its going to be fun for the next 6 months

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 7:29pm

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    If it turns out that anyone from the NSA or supporting the NSA has been caught on that list? Even sweeter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 4th, 2013 @ 7:38pm

    Re: If anything...

    And then some, the amount of personal data would be enough to cripple online verification. That's the kind of loss that would actually put national security as risk.
    Their gung-ho attitude when it comes to the protection of national security is actually putting it at bigger risk than it ever has been in our entire history.

    It only takes being hacked once and it's not a matter of if it will happen but a matter of when.

     

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    PRMan, Nov 5th, 2013 @ 12:10am

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    Or just a simple log of the cleaning required...

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Nov 5th, 2013 @ 5:52am

    Re: Smells fishy

    Because, if there's damages, it helps to have notes on the hows and whys the damage happens so that the company knows who to blame and bill for the repairs and cleanups.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Nov 5th, 2013 @ 7:47am

    plastered with cheese slices and crackers, and that someone had left behind a sex toy

    Rule 34!

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Nov 5th, 2013 @ 9:46am

    Re: Re: Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    I have to admit, I would personally prefer that to the level data collection and collation that companies routinely engage in right now.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Nov 5th, 2013 @ 9:48am

    Re: Smells fishy

    You don't need to see the activity in progress to know that someone has puked/smoked pot/had sex/been arrested in your limo.

     

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    nasch (profile), Nov 5th, 2013 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re: Distraction. Meanwhile NSA goes on without pause.

    So your position is a company should not keep a database that lists its customers and the preferences of those customers?

    There's a difference between "Prefers black Hummer limo and Don if available" and "left behind crackers, cheese, and a sex toy".

     

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