Feeds

Celebrity email cracker 'Guccifer' cuffed in Romania: reports

Marcel Lazăr Lehel was Guccifer and 'Little Smoke', prosecutors allege

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

“Guccifer”, the hacker who made celebrity e-mail account hijacks his specialty and first gained notoriety for raiding the inboxes of George H W Bush's family, has reportedly been arrested in Romania.

Named as Marcel Lazăr Lehel, Romania Insider reports that he was arrested in Arad after a raid on his home by officers of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIOCT).

The DIOCT media release refers to the arrested man only as “LML”, and says he is a 42-year-old man with prior convictions for hacking offences under the pseudonyms Guccifer and Little Smoke in 2011 and 2012. He received a three-year suspended sentence in 2012 for hacking the e-mail accounts of Romanian public figures.

Smoking Gun notes that in 2013, he also obtained and released correspondence between Romanian diplomat Corina Cretu and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell suggesting a romantic involvement between them (which they denied).

The Romanian authorities say they worked with American services to track down Lazăr Lehel. This is hardly surprising, since as well as the former president and secretary of state, his US victims included Steve Martin, John Dean (former Nixon adviser), Mariel Hemingway, an ex-CIA analyst, other A-listers, while over in the UK, he accessed the mailboxes of various members of the House of Lords. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.