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Hacker Who Released Obama’s Social Security Number Arrested

Sean Brown

February 3, 2014 8:19am PST

The man who suspected of being “Guccifer”, a notorious hacker known for targeting celebrities and politicians and most notably George Bush, has been arrested in Romania according to reports.

Marcel Lazar Lehel was arrested in Arad, which is just west of Bucharest, and charged with attempted theft of confidential information in emails. 

Apparently the arrest followed a raid on his home by police forces working in conjunction with US authorities.

Romanian police said that he had hacked the mail of the country’s spy chief, George Maior, sending the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) on a hunt to find him.

Lehel has operated under the names “Guccifer”, “Little Smoke” and “The Small Fume” and has made headlines in the past for hacking the email account of George Bush then publishing personal photos of him that were found. In addition to Bush, he hacked his daughter’s email and found pictures of artwork the president had painted as well as messages talking about the eulogy of his father.

It’s alleged (but unconfirmed) that he found and released the Social Security number of Barack Obama.

He also exposed an affair that Colin Powell was having with a woman named Corina Cretu last summer. Emails show that Cretu sent Powell photos of herself in a bikini with suggestive messages. Powell would later admit to the relationship but said he didn’t feel for her the way she felt about him.

Most recently he targeted Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes where he was able to get into her BT internet account and obtain the scripts for the remaining episodes, he didn’t ever release them however.

Lehel was arrested 2 years ago for cyber-crimes and given a 3 year sentence of supervised probation and with this most recent arrest he’s probably looking at jail time.

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