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

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

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.

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…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.