The Secret Service said Monday it was “aware” of a possible hack of an iCloud owned by Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, after some of its alleged content was posted on the online forum 4Chan.
“At this time, we are not in a position to make public comments about potential investigative actions, but I can assure you that the Secret Service along with other federal law enforcement partners are aware of the social media posts and claims referring to Mr. Biden,” US Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.
NBC News could not immediately access the material and it is not yet possible to determine whether the alleged copy of the iCloud account was current or whether it came from material previously reviewed by NBC and other news organizations.
Some of that information first emerged in the run-up to the 2020 election after Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney for former President Donald Trump, said he bought Hunter Biden’s laptop from a computer store in Delaware and a copy of the hard drive shared with the New York Post. NBC News at the time was unable to confirm the content and authenticity of the emails and other data because Giuliani refused to share a copy of the hard drive.
A Giuliani representative provided NBC with a copy of the disc earlier this year. An NBC analysis of the hard drive, iCloud account and documents released by two Senate committees showed that Hunter Biden and his company brought in about $11 million through his role as a lawyer and board member at a Ukrainian company accused of bribery and his work. with a Chinese businessman now accused of fraud.
A lawyer for Hunter Biden did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the alleged hack on Monday.
Hunter Biden acknowledged in a statement in December 2020 that federal investigators are investigating his “tax cases.” A Biden representative said in May that he has paid off all of his tax obligations to the IRS, but legal experts have said it would not necessarily save him from potential criminal liability.