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WUSF News Staff
Fri February 8, 2013
Hacker Posts Bush Family Correspondence Online
A hacker cracked email accounts of several Bush family members -- including former Governor Jeb Bush and former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush -- and posted the information online.
The news was first reported by The Smoking Gun website. From their story:
Included in the hacked material is a confidential October 2012 list of home addresses, cell phone numbers, and e-mails for dozens of Bush family members, including both former presidents, their siblings, and their children. The posted photos and e-mails contain a watermark with the hacker’s online alias, “Guccifer.”
Correspondence obtained by the hacker indicates that at least six separate e-mail accounts have been compromised, including the AOL account of Dorothy Bush Koch, daughter of George H.W. Bush and sister of George W. Bush. Other breached accounts belong to Willard Heminway, 79, an old friend of the 41st president who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut; 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.
The emails reveal that George H.W. Bush's recent hospitalization was so serious that former staff had called a meeting of the "funeral team."
In addition to specifics about the senior Bush's illness, the emails also listed George W. Bush's street address and access code for a security gate.
The hacker also posted photos of George W. Bush painting and several samples of his oeuvre.