A criminal inquiry was launched on February 8 into an apparent hack of email accounts belonging to former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as other members of the Bush clan. "There's a criminal investigation under way," Jim McGrath, according to AFP. McGrath is a spokesman for the elder ex-president Bush (88), who was recently hospitalized. This followed reports that private Bush family communications had been accessed.
"I can't get into the specifics," McGrath added. Spokesman McGrath compiled Heartbeat: George Bush in his own words, a book the offered selected quotes from the 41st president of the United States.
The Smoking Gun website reported that hackers had obtained access to several e-mail accounts and then published personal photos and private correspondence belonging to the former presidents and loved ones. The hackers also managed to access email accounts used by other prominent personages, including CBS personality Jim Nantz, a longtime Bush family friend, and others.
The hack also apparently intercepted emailed photos that former president George W. Bush sent to his sister showing his work-in-progress paintings, including self-portraits of himself in a bathtub, the report said.
Another picture, purportedly shot by daughter Dorothy Bush Koch, showed the elder Bush in a hospital bed. Ms. Bush Koch's AOL email account was also among those apparently hacked. According to The Smoking Gun, six separate e-mail accounts were involved.