Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, known by his hacker moniker “Guccifer” was sentenced today to 52 months in prison. Lazard is known for hacking many major politicians such as Hillary Clinton, the Bush political family as well as the email and social media accounts of over 100 Americans, which he leaked online.
The now 44-year-old Marcel Lehel Lazar had a day job as a cab driver while carrying out hacking sprees that targeted prominent Americans, all the way from Romania. It wasn’t long before he rose to prominence himself, stateside. It was Lazar, popularly or infamously known by his nickname “Guccifer”, who first exposed the very existence of the much-debated private email server used by Hillary Clinton, back when the Democratic Presidential candidate was the U.S. secretary of state.
Beyond Hillary Clinton, Lazar’s victims include other notable politicians such as Secretary of State Colin Powell, family members of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Celebrities such as Steve Martin and Leonardo di Caprio were also targets during his many hacking sprees.
Lehel was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2014 on charges of cyberstalking, unauthorized access to a protected computer, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
The law has now caught up with him, with the DOJ releasing details of his sentencing and plea agreement where Lazar admitted to carrying out multiple hacking crimes between October 2012 and January 2014.
An excerpt from today’s DOJ release read:
In many instances, Lazar publically released his victims’ private email correspondence, medical and financial information and personal photographs, according to the statement of facts filed with his plea agreement.
Through a combination of basic computer skills, social engineering cunning and guess-work, Lazar was able to gain access to multiple private email accounts of his victims.
Prosecutors have previously argued that Lazar was a misfit who sought fame. He was also reportedly interested in the occult and actively targeted U.S. officials to try and establish links with the Illuminati.
The former taxi driver arguably became the world’s most-known hacker after hacking and taking control of the email account belonging to Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton family’s confidant. Here, ‘Guccifer’ proceeded to copy several emails that contained correspondence with Hillary Clinton, emails which contained elaborate and sensitive details of international affairs and more. The ensuing storm surrounding Hillary’s use of a private email server continues to plague her campaign, even after the FBI’s director saw no reason for Hillary Clinton to face charges.
Meanwhile, Guccifer has previously stated that hacking Clinton’s emails was “easy”, after his extradition to the United States.
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