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Romania arrests 'Guccifer', known for hacking accounts of ex-US President Bush

Published on Jan 23, 2014 6:21 AM
 
Marcel Lazar Lehel, 40, is escorted by masked policemen in Bucharest, after being arrested in Arad, 550km west of Bucharest on Jan 22, 2014. Romanian authorities have arrested a man they suspect of being the hacker "Guccifer", famous for breaking into the email accounts of former US President George W. Bush's family and other prominent political and entertainment figures. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BUCHAREST/SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Romanian authorities have arrested a man they suspect of being the hacker "Guccifer", famous for breaking into the email accounts of former US President George W. Bush's family and other prominent political and entertainment figures.

Romania's Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism said on its website on Wednesday that it had detained a suspect with the initials LML in the county of Arad, near the border with Hungary.

The agency said there was "reasonable suspicion" that the suspect "repeatedly and illegally accessed, breaking security rules, email accounts belonging to public persons in Romania with the aim of getting electronic mail confidential data".

Police declined to give LML's full name. A Romanian prosecutor, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters that the suspect is believed to be the hacker known as Guccifer.

 
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