Friday, June 13, 2014

‘Guccifer’ Indicted in U.S. for Id Theft, Cyberstalking

By Sophia Pearson and Andrew Zajac
June 12, 2014

A Romanian hacker known as Guccifer was indicted by a federal grand jury in the U.S. for breaking into the e-mail of a family member of two presidents and, according to a person familiar with the matter, was the one who revealed that former President George W. Bush was a painter.

Marcel Lazar Lehel was charged with wire fraud, unauthorized access, aggravated identity theft and cyberstalking for allegedly hacking into the e-mail and social media accounts of several high-profile victims, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney in Richmond, Virginia. The paintings by Bush circulated widely on the Internet after the hack included self-portraits of the former president in the shower and bath.

The U.S. indictment doesn’t name Guccifer’s victims. Victim 1 is identified only as a family member of two former U.S. presidents and the owner of an AOL e-mail account. Lazar allegedly accessed that account without authorization in December 2012 and January 2013, obtaining medical information, photographs and a contact list with home addresses and telephone numbers.

The hacked material included information about Bush’s painting hobby, according to the person familiar with the investigation who asked not to be identified because details of the inquiry haven’t been made public.

Lehel was sentenced to four years in prison last week in Romania for having hacked the accounts of various high-profile people including the country’s head of the secret service, the Guardian reported on June 10.

Guccifer allegedly used the e-mail account of a sanitation engineer to distribute information from Victim 1’s e-mail, according to the indictment. Multiple media organizations published portions of the confidential information in February 2013.

The case is U.S. v. Marcel Lehel Lazar, 14-cr-00213, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond).
To contact the reporters on this story: Sophia Pearson in federal court in Philadelphia at; Andrew Zajac in Washington at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at Joe Schneider

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Worldwide Wearable Devices Cybersecurity said...

According to the report analysis, ‘WORLDWIDE WEARABLE DEVICES CYBERSECURITY MARKET; DRIVERS, RESTRAINTS, OPPORTUNITIES, TRENDS, AND FORECASTS TO 2023. BY DEVICE TYPE(SMARTWATCH, HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY, BODY-WORN CAMERA AND OTHERS); BY SECURITY TYPE (APPLICATION SECURITY, NETWORK SECURITY AND CLOUD SECURITY); BY INDUSTRY (HEALTHCARE, ENTERPRISE &IT, MANUFACTURING, RETAIL, AUTOMOTIVE, BFSI AND GOVERNMENT)’ states that there are several key players which are presently functioning in this sector more effectively for leading the highest market share across the globe with the effective developments in the technology of wearable devices which further provide better consumer satisfaction and deliver effective measures of security includes Apple Inc., Google, IBM, Microsoft Corporation, Argus Cybersecurity, Arilou Cybersecurity, ESCRYPT - Embedded Security, Karamba Security, and Secunet Security Networks AG.

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Moreover, for removing the threats of security, the security solutions developers are conceiving a two-factor authentication, and password-free web security to remove the security vulnerability, by executing block chain based security solutions to advance the level of device safety. Furthermore, the key players of this market are doing effective developments in the technology for increase the demand and providing the better consumer satisfaction for leading the fastest market growth with the highest market share across the globe more efficiently in the coming years.

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Although, according to research, the Worldwide Wearable Device Security market is predictable to become a USD 702.6 million market, by increasing at an effective CAGR of 16.4% during the forecast period of 2017-2023. However, the key players of this market are investing more enormously in the technological developments. Therefore, in the near future, it is expected that the market of wearable devices Cybersecurity will increase more significantly over the recent few years.
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