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Friday
Feb082013

Bush Family's Personal Information Compromised by Computer Hacker

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The private lives of a very public family have been exposed, thanks to a hacker who managed to breach the email accounts of several family members of former President George H.W. Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush.

As reported by TheSmokingGun website on Thursday, whoever was responsible for this invasion of the Bush family’s privacy uploaded photos and emails to an online account specifically hacked for hosting the material.

Hacked emails from 2009 through 2012 included one that indicated that the health condition of George H. W. Bush was so grave in late December that the former president’s “funeral team is having an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. just to go through all the details."

In one email sent by George W. Bush, he wrote that he was “thinking about (a) eulogy.”  The elder Bush was hospitalized in Houston for more than month but was finally cleared to return home in January.

Meanwhile, the hacker also got a hold of home addresses and cellphone numbers of dozens of Bush family members, including both former presidents.  Email accounts breached included that of George H.W. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and family friend, CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz.

On Friday, a spokesman for George H.W. Bush confirmed to ABC News that there was a hacking attempt on the former president’s email and that authorities have begun an investigation into the incident.  The spokesman could not confirm the content of the emails that were hacked.

A spokesman for the Secret Service told ABC News the agency is investigating the matter.

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