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TMCNet:  Authorities probe hacking of Bush family e-mails, photos

[February 08, 2013]

Authorities probe hacking of Bush family e-mails, photos

HOUSTON, Feb 08, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A criminal investigation is underway into who hacked e-mail accounts belonging to members of the Bush family, U.S. media reported Friday.

A Bush family spokesman confirmed authorities are conducting an investigation into the hacking, according to local TV channel ABC13.

The hacker, who went by the online moniker "Guccifer," gained access to Dorothy Bush's e-mail exchanges between friends and family members, including her father, former U.S. president George H.W. Bush, and her brother George W. Bush, according to report by the Houston Chronicle.

Information such as telephone numbers, pictures and gate access codes were posted online for all to see, the report said.

The website Smoking Gun displayed photos it said came from the hacker, including one that appears to show the elder Bush during his recent near-two-month stay in a Houston hospital with a bronchial infection.

The word "Guccifer" is plastered across the photos published on the Smoking Gun website. The website quotes "Guccifer" as describing himself as a veteran hacker who has long been in the government's sights.

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