Sex and the City author hacked, draft of new book is leaked online

Candace Bushnell, the author famous for “Sex and the City”, has fallen victim to a hacker who not only broke into her Twitter account, but also posted extracts of her as-yet-unfinished next book online.

Although the creator of Carrie Bradshaw seems to have expelled the hacker from her Twitter account, and deleted the offending tweets, an early draft version of what seem to be the first 50 pages of Bushnell’s book – currently entitled “Killing Monica” – are available online for anyone to download and read to their heart’s content.

Tweet from Candace Bushnell’s hacked account

In addition, the hacker has also posted screenshots of private communications from Bushnell’s Earthlink account between her, her publishers and her literary agents.

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Interestingly, the hacker who is taking credit for the compromise of Bushnell’s accounts and the leak of her book draft is “Guccifer”.

Regular readers of Naked Security will remember that Guccifer is…

Read more in my article on Sophos’s Naked Security blog.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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