JUSTICE

Romanian hacker “Guccifer” risks two to seven years in jail

Romanian hacker Marcel Lazar Lehel, also known as “Guccifer,” will spend two to seven years in jail after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday, admitting that he broke into the email accounts of the Bush family and of other American personalities, including Hillary Clinton.

According to documents presented in court and quoted by AP, Marcel Lazar Lehel admitted that from October 2012 to January 2014 he intentionally gained unauthorised access to the personal email accounts and social network accounts of around 100 Americans. He did that illegally, in order to gain access to the victims’ personal information and correspondence.

His victims include two former American presidents, a former member of the U.S. Government, a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential aide, the Romanian admitted.

Likewise, Lazar pointed out that he published the private electronic correspondence, medical and financial details and personal photographs of his victims.

Marcel Lazar Lehel was extradited from Romania to the U.S. and is charged with nine counts: three counts of unauthorised access to personal computers, three counts of online fraud, one count of identity theft, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of online harassment.

The court is expected to pass sentence on September 1.

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