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'Guccifer' found hacking easy, prison life a bit more difficult

The hacker known as Guccifer was diligent as a hacker, but has found prison life to be an unpleasant experience
By Michael Hatamoto from Nov 14, 2014 @ 19:17 CST

The Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," Marcel Lazar Lehel, is serving a seven-year prison sentence for numerous cybercrime-related charges. Prior to his arrest, the hacker became increasingly paranoid, even smashing his PC hard drive and mobile phone, as an international manhunt for the brash self-taught cybercriminal was underway.




"I was expecting them, but the shock was still very big for me," the hacker recently said. "It is hard to be a hacker, but even harder to erase your tracks."


After being sentenced in Romania, the hacker was also indicted in the United States, but extradition still seems unlikely at this point in time. Rather than rely on malware and social engineering attacks, Lazar used patience and trial and error while guessing correct passwords to compromise Romanian politician Corina Cretu, former US President George W. Bush, and Colin Powell.


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