'Guccifer' to Plead Guilty to Hacking Bush Family

He says he also hacked Clinton's server
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2016 12:10 AM CDT
'Guccifer' to Plead Guilty to Hacking Bush Family
"Guccifer" leaked Bush paintings, including a shower self-portrait.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

A judge is expected to take a guilty plea from the Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, who's charged with breaking into computer accounts of the Bush family and others. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning at federal court in Alexandria, Va., for 44-year-old Marcel Lazar, reports the AP. He is charged with crimes including cyberstalking, unauthorized access to computers, and identity theft.

Court records don't indicate exactly which charges Lazar, who was extradited to the US in April, will plead to. Lazar is best known for alleged hacks into accounts held by the Bushes that revealed private family photos and paintings connected to former presidents George HW Bush and George W. Bush. Lazar also made news earlier this month with unsubstantiated claims he hacked into Hillary Clinton's private email server. (After Lazar's arrest in 2014, he argued that what he did "was right, of course.")

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