"Sex And The City" Author, Members Of Council On Foreign Relations Join List Of "Guccifer" Hacking Victims
Days after breaching online accounts of members of the Council on Foreign Relations, the hacker “Guccifer” this week broke into the e-mail and Twitter accounts of “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell, The Smoking Gun has learned.
After illegally accessing Bushnell’s Earthlink account yesterday, “Guccifer” rooted through it and located an e-mail the 54-year-old writer sent last week to her editor at Grand Central Publishing. The correspondence included a Word attachment containing the first 37,000 words of Bushnell’s next novel.
In addition to hacking Bushnell’s e-mail, “Guccifer” also took control of her Twitter account and web site (candacebushnell.com).
Armed with Bushnell’s manuscript, the hacker created about 50 screen grabs of the text, and then uploaded those images to a Google Drive page. In control of Bushnell’s Twitter page, “Guccifer” yesterday sent a tweet to the author’s 9100 followers announcing, “Here you can read my last book ''killing monica'' first 50 pages; enjoy as long as you can!” The tweet--which was resent earlier today--included a link to the Google Drive page.
In an interview this morning, Bushnell (seen above) said that her e-mail and Twitter accounts were broken into yesterday, and that she had no idea how they were breached. She added that a simultaneous attempt was made to compromise her Facebook account, but that she received an alert that someone was attempting to access it from an IP address in Albuquerque, New Mexico that was not recognized by the social networking firm.
“Guccifer!” Bushnell exclaimed when a TSG reporter first contacted her about the hack. “My e-mails are pretty tame. This is very odd,” she said. Bushnell noted that, “Yesterday I woke up and I couldn’t get my e-mails” adding that she had to repeatedly change her password while tussling with the hacker for control of the account.
The hacker appears to have been lurking in Bushnell’s account earlier today as the writer sent panicked e-mails to her editor and agent about the illegal incursion.
“Guccifer” disclosed the Bushnell hack in an e-mail sent this morning to TSG from an AOL account that the hacker said belongs to the British actor Rupert Everett.
The Bushnell hack came several days after “Guccifer” broke into various online accounts of two members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), economist Adam Posen and Karen Johnson, a former Federal Reserve Board official. The hacker also broke into accounts of Posen’s wife, Jennifer Sosin, a Washington, D.C. research strategist.
While “Guccifer” has previously claimed that his hacking interest revolves around exposing members of the Illuminati, Bush administrations, CFR, Rockefellers, Bohemian Grove, etc., it is unclear how targeting the author who created Carrie Bradshaw fits into the hacker’s dark conspiracy theories.