George W. Bush’s Presidential Center has been targeted in a sophisticated scheme involving criminal computer hackers.
According to a report by the New York Post, the George W. Bush Presidential Center was targeted in an illegal plot that resulted in officials being forced to pay criminal attackers ransom money to restore private information of donors. Officials familiar with the incident claim that some data was recovered, but that hackers still stole large amounts of private information.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center has officially released a statement, confirming that it was recently targeted by hackers in a ransomware attack.
Hackers reportedly stole confidential information from the complex, allegedly removing “a copy of some of the Bush Center’s data regarding donors and other contacts.” Allegedly stolen files include “name, birth date, physical and email addresses, telephone numbers, gender and giving history” of certain donors.
It is also reported that the Bush Center “paid a ransom to the attackers in order to obtain confirmation that the compromised unencrypted information has been destroyed.”
Not The First Time
This isn’t the first time that former President George W. Bush has been compromised by hackers.
In 2014, a former Romanian cab driver successfully hacked Bush’s email and releasing pictures of some of Bush’s bizarre paintings.
The cab driver managed to snag photos, private emails, security codes, and information on George H.W. Bush’s declining health, but Bush’s awkward bathroom self-portraits made the headlines.
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