Guccifer reportedly arrested

The hacker who brought us George W. Bush's curious self-portraits reportedly detained in Romania

Topics: guccifer, arrested, Hacking, George W. Bush, Hacker, Romania, , ,

Guccifer reportedly arrested George W. Bush's bizarre self portrait

Guccifer, the Illuminati-obsessed hacker with a penchant for accessing and leaking the private emails of political elites and revealing George W. Bush’s artistic endeavors, has reportedly been arrested in Romania.

According to reports, the man behind the high jinks is 40-year-old Marcel Lazar Lehel, a resident of Arad who was convicted of several other computer crimes in 2012.

As Guccifer, the hacker has attacked the email accounts of D.C. power players like Colin Powell and Sid Blumenthal, as well as entertainment industry moguls and stars like Steve Martin and “Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes. Since he never expressed explicit motives, many reporters concluded that Guccifer was in the hacking game with an almost purist commitment to mischief. He did, however, write about his fear of a New World Order. “I tell you this the world of tomorrow will be a world free of illuminati or will be no more,” the hacker once pronounced.

Lehel will likely face hefty charges for his cybercrimes, but in the meantime we give our thanks to the hacker that made that self-portrait of a showering George W. Bush public.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 10
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie

    A contemporary romantic comedy set to Elvis Costello and lots of luxurious and sinful sugary treats.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Crusie

    Another of Crusie's romantic comedies, this one in the shadow of an ostentatiously phallic water tower.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "A Gentleman Undone" by Cecilia Grant

    A Regency romance with beautifully broken people and some seriously steamy sex.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Black Silk" by Judith Ivory

    A beautifully written, exquisitely slow-building Regency; the plot is centered on a box with some very curious images, as Edward Gorey might say.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "For My Lady's Heart" by Laura Kinsale

    A medieval romance, the period piece functions much like a dystopia, with the courageous lady and noble knight struggling to find happiness despite the authoritarian society.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Sweet Disorder" by Rose Lerner

    A Regency that uses the limitations on women of the time to good effect; the main character is poor and needs to sell her vote ... or rather her husband's vote. But to sell it, she needs to get a husband first ...   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Frenemy of the People" by Nora Olsen

    Clarissa is sitting at an awards banquet when she suddenly realizes she likes pictures of Kimye for both Kim and Kanye and she is totally bi. So she texts to all her friends, "I am totally bi!" Drama and romance ensue ... but not quite with who she expects. I got an advanced copy of this YA lesbian romance, and I’d urge folks to reserve a copy; it’s a delight.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "The Slightest Provocation" by Pam Rosenthal

    A separated couple works to reconcile against a background of political intrigue; sort of "His Gal Friday" as a spy novel set in the Regency.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Again" by Kathleen Gilles Seidel

    Set among workers on a period soap opera, it manages to be contemporary and historical both at the same time.   Read the whole essay.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...