U.S. Secret Service investigates Bush email hacking

Feb 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is investigating whether former President George H.W. Bush's email was hacked along with other family members and friends, the agency said on Friday.

That probe comes in response to reports that a handful of email accounts that include correspondence involving the former president and other family members were exposed by a computer hacker. The Smoking Gun website said photos and personal correspondence, including emails related to Bush's recent hospitalization, were uncovered when the accounts were breached.

"The Secret Service will confirm that it is investigating," spokesman Brian Leary said. A Bush family spokesman declined to comment.

Among the material that was lifted were a October 2012 list of home addresses, cell phone numbers, and emails for former presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and other relatives, according to The Smoking Gun.

The hacker apparently posted material on an online account, labeling them with a watermark that read "Guccifer," the report said. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Doina Chiacu)