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Email hacker Guccifer gets 52 months in plea bargain

Engadget logo Engadget 1/09/2016 Andrew Tarantola
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Marcel Lehel Lazar, a Romanian hacker better known by his handle, Guccifer, was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison Thursday morning. He pled guilty to charges of "unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft" back in May stemming from a series of high profile hacks of celebrities and heads of state.

His victims include former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, former president, George W Bush, and more than 100 other Americans. Having gained access to their secure systems, Lazar proceeded to publicly release "private email correspondence, medical and financial information and personal photographs," according to a DoJ statement released today.

Lazar is also responsible for disclosing the existence of Hillary Clinton's private email server and has made claims that he actually penetrated that system, though he has yet to provide evidence that he actually has.

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