Hacker Guccifer Arrested

Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) today announced the arrest of a Romanian man believed to be the hacker “Guccifer,” who last year breached e-mail accounts belonging to members of the Bush family and the Deputy CIO of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, among many others (h/t Help Net Security).

The Smoking Gun, which published several of Guccifer’s leaks, identifies the man as Marcel Lazar Lehel, 42, a former cab driver who received a three-year suspended sentence in 2012 for breaching several Romanian public figures’ e-mail accounts.

Guccifer recently claimed to have breached the Yahoo e-mail account of George-Cristian Maior, the head of the Romanian Intelligence Service.

According to the Smoking Gun, the hacker mentioned that breach in e-mails to the site last month, stating, “now i am in a close fight with a secret service chief … i don t know what near future hold for me so i will schedule a email link for you… with my archive in case i disappear.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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