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February 08, 2013

Ex-President Bush is Latest Victim in Hacking Scheme

By Carlos Olivera, TMCnet Content Producer

As long as the Internet exists users will have to deal with hackers, who in a sense are like the cockroach; you get rid of one and three more come out of the woodwork.

And in this day in age, no one is safe – not even an 88-year-old former U.S. President.

George Herbert Walker Bush, hospitalized since November 23, was the latest victim in an e-mail hacking scheme, in which the hacker allegedly gained access to some confidential e-mails and conversations between Bush and certain family and friends.

Luckily for a former president, they have the greatest resources, including the FBI and Secret Service, to get to the bottom of situations like this.

"The Secret Service is investigating this matter," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan.

The hacker, who remains unidentified, retrieved some of president Bush’s personal e-mails dating all the way back to 2009. The information secured by the hacker includes telephone numbers, home addresses and numerous members of the Bush family – and even a security code to the home of the younger George W. Bush.

The hacker even went as far as posting some of the 41st President’s personal photos online, including one of his recent stint in a Houston area hospital.

Bush served as U.S. President from 1989-1993, and has every intention of staying put (in the hospital), a spokesperson close to the former president said.

But Bush hasn’t been the only hacking victim recently. Just a few days ago, Twitter (News - Alert) reported that 250,000 of its users’ personal information had been hacked through a similar, equally sophisticated scheme. Twitter was able to shut down the live attack and restore those users passwords rather quickly, but it continues to show the importance that needs to be placed on what personal information we divulge on the Internet.

Edited by Braden Becker
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