JANUARY 6 — The hacking spree by “Guccifer,” the online outlaw who has bedeviled Colin Powell, members of the Bush and Rockefeller families, Obama administration officials, and assorted other public figures, has been far more extensive than previously known, The Smoking Gun has learned.
A large cache of documents reveals that the illegal “Guccifer” incursions have victimized scores of other high-profile victims both in the U.S. and overseas during the past year. The hacker has accessed e-mail correspondence, contact lists, phone records, personal photos, online storage sites, and a wide range of confidential financial documents, including credit card, banking, and investment statements.
The newest roster of “Guccifer” victims includes entertainers, industrialists, academics, diplomats, financiers, government and military officials, and journalists–most of whom likely have no idea that the hacker has illegally prowled through their online accounts. With few discernible patterns, “Guccifer” has hopscotched between the accounts of victims like comedian Steve Martin; editor Tina Brown (seen below); ex-Nixon aide John Dean; author Kitty Kelley; actress Mariel Hemingway; three members of the UK’s House of Lords; a former Air Force secretary; the CEO/chairman of MetLife, the $60 billion insurance conglomerate; a Pulitzer Prize winner; the director of Romania’s domestic intelligence service; and a Gibson Dunn partner with the improbably Dickensian name Cantwell F. Muckenfuss III.