“There’s a criminal investigation under way,” Jim McGrath, a spokesman for George H. W. Bush (George W’s father and himself a former president) told AFP. “I can’t get into the specifics.”
The hacker claiming responsibility is called “Guccifer” and has placed related watermarks on the photos he lifted from the Bush family accounts. According to The Smoking Gun, Guccifer was able to take not only photos — one of which includes Bush standing in front of a cardboard cutout of himself — but also personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, and emails for people in the Bush family. Guccifer was also able to unearth private information about the health of former Bush who was recently hospitalized for bronchitis.
Hackers breach email accounts seemingly every day in recent years, so it comes as no surprise that another person’s information has been exposed. But because this information comes from U.S. presidents past, this becomes a much bigger issue. The Secret Service confirmed to Reuters that it is investigating who is behind the hack, though the email likely didn’t contain many state secrets.
According to The Smoking Gun, Guccifer broke into six different Bush family and friend accounts.