Hacker ‘Guccifer’ indicted for 2013 leaked George W. Bush paintings

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The man who claimed to have leaked former President George W. Bush’s paintings online in 2013 was indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury Thursday.

Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, also known as “Guccifer,” faces charges of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer, aggravated identity theft, cyberstalking, and obstruction of justice, 


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Paintings that were leaked online after unidentified members of Mr. Bush’s family had their email accounts hacked included one of the former president in the shower and another of him relaxing in a bathtub.

“After gaining unauthorized access to their e-mail and social media accounts, Lazar publicly released his victims’ private e-mail correspondence, medical and financial information, and personal photographs,” the Justice Department said, technology website Ars Technica reported.

The hacker is currently in a Romanian jail after being convicted of similar crimes in his home country.

Department of Justice spokesman Peter Carr declined comment when asked by Reuters if the U.S. would seek to extradite him for trial.

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