The Romanian taxi-driver-by-day-hacker-by-night who offended the world by publishing stolen nude self portraits of former US president George W Bush has been sentenced to four years jail.
Marcel Lazar Lehel, 42, was arrested in January
in Bucharest and sentenced for hacking the email accounts of Romania’s
intelligence service director George Cristian Maior and European
Parliament member Corina Cretu.
He could face a total of seven years behind bars if his previous
three year suspended sentence for hacking offences was brought to bear.
2013, Lazar Lehel using the handle Guccifer released correspondence
between Cretu and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell that
indicated romantic involvement between them which they denied.
hacker shot to fame when he popped the email accounts of high profile
celebrities including George W Bush where he leaked personal paintings
by the former president and passed to Smoking Gun alleged
contents from raided inboxes owned by comedian Steve Martin, actress
Mariel Hemingway, and three members of the UK’s House of Lords.
Lehel told the court his own email accounts were constantly hacked.
"Probably everyone had their email broken into one day (sic)," he said according to Romania Insider.
personally had five accounts broken into and did not go to prosecutors
to complain. The deeds are not by far (sic) so serious. These were three
personal accounts, not work-related."
The decision can be appealed.