11 Feb 2013

Bush Family Hacked; Sensitive Details Exposed

Both former President Bushes had their e-mails hacked and sensitive details were compromised, according to The Smoking Gun. The alleged hacker claimed he gained access to "a lot of stuff," including interesting messages about George H.W. Bush's recent hospitalization.

The hacker, who goes by the name of “Guccifer,” also managed to steal a list of home addresses, cell phone numbers, and e-mails for several Bush family members. The hacker breached at least six e-mail accounts, including the AOL account of George W. Bush's sister, Dorothy. “Guccifer” had access to all her correspondence between 2009 and 2012.

“Other breached accounts belong to Willard Heminway, 79, an old friend of the 41st president who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut,” The Smoking Gun learned. CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz, a longtime Bush family friend, former first lady Barbara Bush’s brother, and George H.W. Bush’s sister-in-law were also targeted in the cyber-attack.

The hacker said the “feds” began investigating him a “long time ago,” and that he has breached hundreds of other accounts.

The cyber-attacks are the latest in a series of high-profile hackings. Several media organizations, including The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, were also recently attacked. February began with a major cyber-attack targeting Twitter accounts. About 250,000 out of the 200 million active users had their passwords, usernames, emails and other personal details stolen.