Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, of Arad, Romania, a hacker who used the online moniker ‘Guccifer,’ was sentenced today to 52 months in prison for unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft.
According to admissions made in connection with his plea agreement, from at least October 2012 to January 2014, Lazar intentionally gained unauthorized access to personal email and social media accounts belonging to approximately 100 Americans, and he did so to unlawfully obtain his victims personal information and email correspondence.
Lazar’s victims included an immediate family member of two former U.S. presidents, a former member of the U.S. Cabinet, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential advisor, he admitted. 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. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice)