40 year-old Romanian Marcel Lazăr Lehel, suspected of being the notorious hacker known as Guccifer, was arrested on Wednesday after his home in Arad, Romania was raided by Prosecutors Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism – Central Structure with judicial police officers from the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime.
Guccifer has broken into the email accounts of several high level individuals including members of the Bush and Rockefeller families, officials of the Obama administration, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, the head of the Romanian Intelligence Service SRI George Maior.
Shortly after Maior’s email account was hacked, SRI representatives noted that they were confident the hacker would be caught.
He is also believed to have hacked former CIA analyst Laura Manning Johnson, former advisor to President Richard Nixon John Dean, three members of the House of Lords in the UK, former Secretary of the Air Force George Roche, the President of MetLife (insurance company), actors Steve Martin and Mariel Hemingway, and others.
DIOCT said in a press release, “In case there is reasonable suspicion that during 2013, based on a single criminal resolution, accused MLL accessed repeatedly and without law, in violation of security measures, e-mail accounts belonging to public figures in Romania, order to take possession of confidential data in email, then changed authentication passwords, thereby restricting user access to computer data as in email. Subsequently, the accused disclosed the content of the correspondence public order committed fraudulent damage in the online privacy and denigrating public image of the persons concerned.”
DIOCT also highlighted the fact that Romanian authorities collaborated with US services to catch him.
Lehel has had previous convictions for similar deeds:
- Charged that between October 2010 – July 2011, accessed without law, in violation of security measures, e-mail accounts and accounts of the Facebook belonging Dragos Mos,tenescu, Corina Caragea, Laura COSO, Roxana Iva(nescu , Rona Hartner, Iliviu Les,u Daniela Aciu, Irina Reisler Capitanu Violeta Babliuc Monica Barbu, Lenut,a Aciu, Sarah Radulescu, Denisa Barboni Dragusanu Cristian Pulhac, Ada Milea, Youth Organization APDL
- August 19, 2011 was arrested for committing 25 offenses without the right access to computer systems, 25 crime without law amending and restricting access to data, 25 offenses of unauthorized transfer of data from a computer system and 15 offenses of violating secrecy.
- February 8, 2012 was sentenced to three years imprisonment with suspended sentence, at that time using the alias “Little Smoke.”