“Guccifer”, a hacker who broke into the emails of former U.S. president George W. Bush’s family, entertainment figures and the head of the Romanian secret service, has been sentenced to four years in jail by a Romanian court.
Marcel Lazar Lehel who is a cab driver by trade and known by his aliases “Guccifer” and “Small Fume”, was arrested in January in Bucharest and could spend a total of seven years behind bars as he also carries a previous three-year suspended sentence.
He shot to fame in 2013 after he hacked into the Bush family emails and posted artwork by the former president, including self-portraits in the bathtub.
He also distributed emotional emails sent to former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell from European Parliament member Corina Cretu, a Romanian, prompting Powell to deny that they had an affair.
Guccifer also broke into a private Yahoo email account of Romania’s secret service chief George Maior, which his agency said had been used before for academic correspondence.
The hacker has claimed his other victims include Tina Brown, the former editor of The New Yorker magazine; “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes; journalist Carl Bernstein and venture capitalist John Doerr.