"Hopefully I'm jumping the gun," George W. Bush allegedly wrote. "But since the feeling is that you all would rather me speak than bubba, please help," he added, using Clinton's somewhat pejorative nickname. [8 Ways to Protect Your Email Account]
Poor Password Protection?
The website said it had contacted Dorothy Bush Koch, who until then was not aware her email account had been compromised.
"Why would someone do this?" she reportedly wondered.
The Smoking Gun did not disclose how "Guccifer" broke into the accounts, but Web-based email accounts are often protected by weak passwords.
The case resembles the 2008 hack of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was at the time the Republican candidate for vice president.
A Tennessee college student, the son of a Democratic state representative, guessed the password to Palin's Yahoo Mail account and posted several messages online. He was later sentenced to a year in prison.
To protect a Web-based email account, make sure you have a strong password of at least characters, including numbers and punctuation marks.