WASHINGTON — Authorities are investigating a report that Mitt Romney’s personal email account has been hacked, his presidential campaign said.
The website Gawker reported that an unnamed hacker had broken into the Republican flagbearer’s private Hotmail account by guessing the answer to a security question about Romney’s favorite pet.
The anonymous hacker, whom Gawker said tipped off the website to his action, said the same password also gave him access to Romney’s account for file-sharing service Dropbox, but that he did not provide any screen-grabs or other evidence of his tampering.
“The proper authorities are investigating this crime,” campaign spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a statement. She declined to confirm whether the hacked email account was Romney’s Hotmail account, if he was still using it, or what sort of data may have been compromised.
“We will have no further comment on it,” Gitcho said.
Romney is not the first US politician whose emails faced security threats during the heat of a presidential campaign.
In 2008 a young man hacked into the emails of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was on the Republican ticket with White House hopeful John McCain.
A number of her emails and two family photos taken from her account were posted online.
The FBI soon traced the hacking back to a Tennessee college student, who was arrested and sentenced to one year in jail.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019