A hacker that uses the online moniker Guccifer has managed to breach at least six email accounts belonging to the Bush family and their friends. Several pictures and private emails, including ones of both former US presidents, have been leaked online.
According to The Smoking Gun, Guccifer has managed to hack the email accounts belonging to George W. Bush’s sister, George H.W. Bush’s sister-in-law, Barbara Bush’s (the wife of the former president) brother, and to a couple of their friends, including CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz.
The information contained in the emails – dating between 2009 and 2012 – includes home addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and other private information, such as the four-digit code needed to enter a security gate.
One of the emails shows that back in December, when George H.W. Bush was hospitalized, his condition was so serious that his staff was already planning for a funeral.
Another leaked email from the same period is a “get well” note from President Barack Obama.
The photos obtained by the hacker include George W. Bush’s paintings, and even a picture of George H.W. Bush while in the hospital.
The hacker told The Smoking Gun that he had breached hundreds of accounts in the past and that he was aware that the FBI had been investigating him for some time now.
“I have an old game with the [expletive] bastards inside, this is just another chapter in the game,” the hacker said.
It’s uncertain how he managed to gain access to all the accounts, but the members of the Bush family and their friends have been either using weak passwords, or they have been social engineered in some way into handing them over.
Other pictures and snippets from the Bush family’s private correspondence are available on The Smoking Gun.