Candace Bushnell's new novel leaked online

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Author and columnist Candace Bushnell. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Candace Bushnell, author of the bestselling Sex and the City series, was the victim of a hacker this week who posted the first 50 unedited pages of her new novel online.

The hacker, who uses the pseudonym Guccifer, broke into Bushnell's email account and then tweeted a link from the author's Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon to screen captures of the opening pages of her novel Killing Monica, Gawker reports.

Guccifer then kept track of Bushnell's reaction, posting screen shots of the Carrie Bradshaw creator's urgent emails to her agent and publisher to try and remove the posts. "Oh dear, this is terrible," she wrote.

The same hacker has claimed responsibility for hacking into the email accounts of several high-profile individuals, including former U.S. President George W. Bush and venture capitalist John Doerr.

Other well-known writers have had their work leaked online in recent years. In 2008, Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer put her plans to release a companion novel to the series entitled Midnight Sun on hold after 12 unfinished chapters were leaked onto the web.

Last year, hit HBO show Girls writer and star Lena Dunham signed a book deal for $3.5 million with Random House, but saw her book 66-page book proposal posted online. Her legal team forced websites to remove the leaked documents.

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