Hackers said to hit Bush family, exposing sensitive information

The Smoking Gun has reported that correspondence from both former President Bushes was among that compromised by unknown hackers.

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Email accounts of former U.S. President George W. Bush are said to have been hacked. The White House

Private Bush family information, including correspondence from both President Bushes, is said to have been compromised by a hacking attack.

According to The Smoking Gun, hackers broke into several email accounts owned by members of the Bush family.

The Smoking Gun wrote:

In e-mail exchanges with the person who claimed responsibility for the hack, the individual claimed to have swiped "a lot of stuff," including "interesting mails" about George H.W. Bush's recent hospitalization, "Bush 43," and other Bush family members.

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."

The alleged attacks are the latest high-profile hacks to come to light. Earlier this week, hackers attacked several American media organizations, including The New York Times, and forced Twitter to reset as many as 250,000 account passwords as a precaution.

The Smoking Gun said that the Bush hackers broke into at least six email accounts, including that of George W. Bush's sister, Dorothy Bush Koch. Correspondence that was compromised was said to have been sent between 2009 and 2012 and included, among other things, George W. Bush's home address.