Bush family emails and photos reportedly hacked, criminal investigation launched

US President George W. Bush (L) waves as he walks out of the Oval Office with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, after Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 at the White House in Washington, DC, September 25, 2008. The ?ADA Amendments Act? will help ensure that individuals with disabilities ? including people with diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer ? qualify for protection under the ADA and obtain reasonable accommodations. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Presidents George W. Bush (L) and his father, George H. W. Bush
Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) HOUSTON - A criminal investigation is under way after a hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents.

The Houston Chronicle reports that a spokesman for former President George H. W. Bush declined to comment on a report on The Smoking Gun website detailing the alleged security breach.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath told the Chronicle the matter is "under criminal investigation." McGrath did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment by the Associated Press early Friday.

The Smoking Gun says the hacker went by the online moniker "Guccifer," a word plastered across the leaked photos in translucent, neon blue print.

The website quotes "Guccifer" as describing himself as a veteran hacker who has long been in the government's sights.