Site that leaked Colin Powell's emails dumps First Lady's passport

The site DCLeaks has been circulating the passport image on Twitter

The site that leaked Colin Powell's stolen emails has also allegedly obtained a scan of Michelle Obama's passport. 

On Thursday, the site DCLeaks began circulating the passport image on Twitter and leaking it to the press. The image includes the U.S. First Lady's alleged passport number. 

The site tweeted out the scan after obtaining stolen emails it claims are from a White House aide named Ian Mellul. The files, which are posted on DCLeaks, appear to come from Mellul's Gmail account and date back to February 2015.

Although DCLeaks claims to be the work of "American hacktivists," some security experts suspect that the site is a front for Russian state-sponsored hackers.  

Earlier this month, the site leaked emails from former U.S. Secretary of State Powell that criticized presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. An aide to Powell has confirmed that the emails were authentic. 

In posting Michelle Obama's passport, DCLeaks said it's trying to warn the public about the poor security of the U.S. government.  

"If terrorists hack emails of White House Office staff and get such sensitive information, we will see the fall of our country," DCLeaks reportedly said. 

It's unclear if the passport scan is real. The White House and the U.S. Secret Service haven't responded for comment. The White House is reportedly looking into the leak.

The passport in question is set to expire in five years, indicating that it's been issued for a U.S. government employee or the spouse of one. However, commentators online have wondered if the image might be fake, and point to inconsistencies in the way the First Lady's headshot has been cropped and her signature. 

Even if passport scan is fake, security experts are worried that hackers are influencing news coverage with high-profile leaks, as a way to tamper with this year's presidential election.

The danger is that hackers can end up fabricating information and then passing it off to the press as real, said Bruce Schneier, a longtime security guru, in an interview last week. 

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Kan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?