Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The Smoking Gun reports that hacker "Gufficer," who recently breached the e-mail accounts of several Bush family members, has also accessed the Yahoo e-mail account and the Flickr account of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the AOL account of U.N. Under-Secretary-General Joseph Verner Reed, and many others -- the hacker told the Web site, "I have some 40 high profile victims."
"Murkowski spokesperson Matthew Felling said that the Senator and her staffers were unaware that the two accounts had been compromised," The Smoking Gun reports. "Felling added that the Yahoo account was created five years ago to manage Murkowski’s Flickr account and that she 'has never used this account for incoming/outgoing communication.'"
"Murkowski is not the only congressional lawmaker to have suffered a security breach," writes The Huffington Post's Nick Wing. "Last year her Senate colleague Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had his Twitter account hijacked by a member of the Anonymous 'hacktivist' group. The move was ultimately harmless, and Grassley eventually regained control of his highly popular and often incomprehensible Twitter presence."
"Last year, Guccifer hacked into the AOL account of Rex Evitts, the employee of a military contractor working in Iraq. Evitts died in December 2011," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Other victims are David Greenberg, a veteran intelligence analyst working for Lockheed Martin, and Susan Malone, a former FBI agent, currently serving as an Army supervisor stationed in Afghanistan."