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Los Angeles police also are investigating, trying to determine how information was obtained, including the address and credit report of Police Chief Charlie Beck.
Beck told reporters Tuesday that detectives would work to bring anyone responsible for posting the info online to justice.
“We will vigorously pursue the individuals that have made me a victim and have made a number of other people that are in the public eye victims,” he said.
Beck acknowledged that many hackers operate outside the United States but said there is often a connection stateside that can lead to prosecutions.
Frank Preciado, assistant officer in charge at the LAPD online section, said the postings are illegal. He said the information on the police chief was likely taken from what is supposed to be a secure database of city employees.
The site’s page on Beck includes a reference to former officer Christopher Dorner, who apparently committed suicide after he killed four people during a multi-day rampage. Beck’s page included the message “YouCantCornerTheDorner” and an image of a woman protesting police corruption.
Associated Press Writer Raquel Maria Dillon in Los Angeles and White House Correspondent Julie Pace and writer Pete Yost in Washington contributed to this report.
Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP
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