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Convicted hacker Marcel Lahel is extradited to the U.S.

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March 7, 2016

Convicted hacker Marcel Lahel, better known by his nickname 'Guccifer' under which he hacked several celebrity and government accounts, is being extradited to the United States to face computer intrusion, fraud and identity theft charges, among other mischiefs.

Aged 42, Lahel is best known for stealing and publishing paintings by former U.S. President George W. Bush. He also hacked and published emails from comedian Steve Martin, celebrities Leonardo di Caprio and Mariel Hemingway.

Three members of Britain’s House of Lords have also fallen victims of his exploits. Lahel will be extradited to the U.S. under a court-approved temporary extradition following a request by U.S. authorities.

He was indicted in the states by a federal grand jury in 2014. Lahel was sentenced to four years in federal prison for hacking accounts of Romanian officials including the head intelligence gun charged with catching him.

The Romanian citizen was an unemployed taxi driver and paint salesman that already had served seven years in the Arad maximum security prison and now faces nine counts for hacking U.S. public officials and celebrities.

Lahel used open source intelligence and social engineering tactics to gain access to email accounts.

His wife said last year he did most of his hacking from the quiet village of Sambateni, Transylvania.

Lahel began hacking at the age of thirty-five and in 2011 released some information about Romanian football players and entertainment icons. Those efforts scored him a suspended jail sentence.

Lahel is described as a misfit with a hacker's disgust for poor security standards by those who should know better. He's also interested in the occult, seeking connections between U.S. officials and the Illuminati.

This culminated in his work designated Project Alpha in which he claimed to have foiled a paranormal secret society by accessing emails between former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Romanian politician Corina Cretu.

Lahel claimed those emails showed romantic links between the pair, which both subsequently denied.

George W. Bush was a Klu Klux Klan member, Lahel claims. He also says he has a "secret journal" owned by the Rockefellers and stolen from the Illuminati.

Prosecutors said several times that Lahel has a "compulsive need to be famous". Now he will have extra time to think it all over in a U.S. federal jail.

Source: The U.S. Justice Dept.

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