Cops: We Got Hacker Who Leaked Bush Paintings

Romania police say they've caught 'Guccifer'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2014 3:41 PM CST
This May 31, 2013, file photo shows former President George W. Bush.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – It appears that the run of Guccifer, hacker of the rich and famous, has come to an end. Police in Romania say they arrested 40-year-old Marcel Lazar Lehel this morning at his home in Arad, reports Romania-Insider. Guccifer is probably best known in the US for hacking into the emails of the Bush family and showing the world George W. Bush's paintings (including one of himself in the shower.) Media reports in Romania say "US services" helped with the arrest.

The Bush family was far from the only target. Think Colin Powell, Tina Brown, Steve Martin, Mariel Hemingway, the Rockefeller family, and Carl Bernstein, to name but a few. He "hacked everyone from high-level military officials to C-list actresses with equal gusto," notes the Washington Post. Guccifer even snagged the script for the finale of the fourth season of Downton Abbey well before it aired in the UK, the Smoking Gun reported earlier this month. He also got into the account of the head of Romania's intelligence service. (Read more Guccifer stories.)

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