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Candace Bushnell

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Candace Bushnell is suffering from an unfortunate case of premature publication.

A hacker going by the (apt) pseudonym of Guccifer apparently broke into the email account, Twitter feed and website of the Sex and the City author and subsequently posted online the opening sections of her next novel, tentatively titled Killing Monica.

Guccifer—who previously earned notoriety for exposing former President George W. Bush's new hobby as a painter—extracted the first 37,000 words of the unpublished manuscript from an email that the 54-year-old scribe had sent to her editor at Grand Central Publishing, according to The Smoking Gun.

After creating 50 screen grabs of the text and uploading them to a Google Drive page, the hacker then sent a tweet through Bushnell's account to her 9100 followers announcing the leak: "Here you can read my last book, 'killing monica' first 50 pages; enjoy as long as you can!"

The famed writer was unavailable for comment. But she did confirm to The Smoking Gun who was behind the attack.

"Guccifer!" she told the site, perplexed as to why she was targeted. "My emails are pretty tame. This is very odd."

She added that she ended up battling with the hacker for control of her email account and was forced to change her password several times.

It's unclear what Guccifer's motivation was for choosing Bushnell as his latest victim.