Mystery hacker gains access to Bush family emails, photos
BY MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press
HOUSTON -- Turns out even former presidents can fall prey to hackers.
A mysterious email hacker apparently accessed private photos and messages sent between members of the Bush family, including both retired commanders in chief.
The Secret Service is investigating the breach, which appeared to yield little more than a few snapshots and some family discussions. But the incident illustrated how easily hackers can pry into private lives, even those of one of the nation's most prominent and closely guarded political clans.
The Smoking Gun website displayed photos it said came from the hacker, including one that purported to show the elder Bush during his recent stay in a Houston hospital, where the 88-year-old spent almost two months undergoing treatment for complications from a bronchial infection.
The website said the hacker, who went by the online moniker "Guccifer," gained access to the material through Bush family members and friends.
"There's a criminal investigation and, as such, there's nothing else we can say," said Jim McGrath, a spokesman for George H.W. Bush in Houston.
Freddy Ford, a spokesman for George W. Bush, who has a home in Dallas, declined to comment.