HACKER RESPONSIBLE FOR OUTING CLINTON'S USE OF PRIVATE EMAIL WILL SERVE MORE THAN FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON


Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, known online as #Guccifer, will serve 52 months in federal prison for one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer.
In 2014 he was extradited to the US. According to the #WashingtonPost, Lazar "admitted to victimizing about 100 Americans from his home overseas over 14 months". The list included Colin L. Powell, Sidney Blumenthal, George W. Bush confidants as well as celebrities and business executives.



U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris handed down the 52 -month sentence in Alexandria, VA. as an effort to send a message to hackers. It will not be tolerated. Cacheris stated that, “This epidemic must stop". Federal prosecutors sought the maximum time of 4 and a half years citing that "The extent of the harm caused by defendant’s conduct is incalculable". Assistant U.S. Attorney Maya D. Song wrote that maximum punishment would change the idea that the U.S. would tolerate such acts.
Lazar who only complete highs school had no training in computers. He often guessed the passwords based on personal information found on #Wikipedia. After gaining access to an individual's email, Lazar said he would impersonate them to get more info. Lazar's wife, Gabriela Violata Lazar, sent a letter requesting the mercy of the courts because his family "needs him and life is very hard in Romania". Romania's Justice Ministry requested Lazar be released to Romania to serve his time there. In 2018 Lazar would be returned to the U.S. on a conditional release to serve his remaining time.

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