Marcel Lehel Lazar, aka Guccifer – How vulnerable is your email?

Marcel Lehel Lazar, who used the alias, Guccifer, recently pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and unauthorized computer access in the Federal District Court for Eastern Virginia.

As part of a plea agreement, seven other charges brought against him regarding his hacking activities were dismissed. He will be sentenced on September first.

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It was Guccifer’s public leaking of emails from former Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal, whose email account he hacked in 2013, that first made public that Hillary Clinton was using a private email address of [email protected] for official business. Although Guccifer claims to have also hacked into the private email account of Hillary Clinton, the fact that he never put anything online that could be found on her email account, as he did with all of his other victims, makes his claim appear doubtful.

According to prosecutors, Guccifer hacked into the email accounts of about a hundred prominent people between October 2012 and January 2014. Although the names of the victims were not made public in court documents, it has been widely reported and confirmed that among the people whose email accounts were hacked are: Steve Martin, Colin Powell, John Dean, Mariel Hemingway, Lorne Michaels, Carl Bernstein, Rupert Everett, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg and the writer of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes.

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Through his hacking of Dorothy Bush Koch, the daughter of former President George H. W. Bush and sister of former President George W. Bush, Guccifer was able to steal copies of painted self-portraits of former President George W. Bush, which Guccifer posted on the Internet.

Although Guccifer hacked into the email accounts of many entertainers and politicians, he did not exploit his hacking targets for financial gain even though he could have easily done that. Rather his goals, more often, appeared to be to embarrass his victims and shake the world up a bit.

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