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“Hacked” e-mail account of White House worker exposed in 2013 password breach

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A photo of First Lady Michelle Obama's passport from a dump of the e-mail of White House contractor Ian Mellul.

Mellul's password may have been in a 2013 Adobe user data breach.

On September 21, a dump of an e-mail account belonging to a White House contractor was posted to the "hacktivist" website DCleaks.com.

This is the same site that already revealed e-mails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Navy captain leading a weapons procurement program, and a public relations person who has done advance work for Hillary Clinton.

The latest victim did advance work for travel by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Attributing the leak will be difficult because, as with previous "dumps" published on DCleaks, the compromised account's password information was widely available on the Internet from a previous data breach.

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