Hacker Jailed for Four Years

A Romanian hacker who targeted high-profile US politicians has been sentenced to 52 months in prison.

Known online as “Guccifer” Marcel Lazar pleaded guilty in May on charges of aggravated identity theft and unauthorised access of a computer.

Lazar targeted former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the Bush family, and was arrested on hacking charges in Romania in 2014 and given four years.

He was extradited to the US to face charges in March this year.  

The 44-year-old uncovered Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email account in 2013, after hacking the account of her former political advisor, Sidney Blumenthal.

It was then revealed two years later that Mrs Clinton exclusively used her personal account, which was connected to a private server at her New York residence while serving as Secretary of State.

At the beginning of 2016 Lazar claimed he had hacked into her private server but the Clinton campaign had denied there was any such breach.

Lazar is a former taxi driver in Romania and is believed to have hacked into about 100 US email accounts between 2012 and 2014.

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