Apparently, in today’s world, it has become illegal to speak one’s mind. Romanian citizen Marcel Lazar Lehel has been given jail sentence because of this.
Under his alias Guccifer, Lazar was arrested and accused of hacking over more than 100 American email accounts, including those of candidate for the American presidency, Hillary Clinton.
Most noteworthy from her online agenda, Guccifer brought to surface emails of correspondence between Clinton and political adviser Sidney Bloomenthal.
After invading her privacy and having exposed her use of private email servers, the government gave the announcement that from now on considerable sentences will be given to each and every hacker.
Despite the statements according to which Guccifer directly hacked Clinton’s private server, the FBI has failed to take the necessary actions.
While they seem to deny any claims regarding the Clinton leakage, on the other hand, Guccifer has been fully charged for hacking other celebrity emails, among which we can also mention the Bush family.
Knowing from the start that this sort of investigation would only mean a waste of time and money on the governments’ behalf, the jail sentence received by Guccifer could only be perceived as no other than an act of retribution for his dead of exposing the general feeling of dishonesty that appears to surround American soil.
But hacker Guccifer earned this reputation by his own. At first, the public became accustomed to him through The Smoking Gun website were photos of George W. Bush’s sister, Dorothy Bush started to circulate.
This, in fact, was among the first cases that he got charged with. Secondly, on the ground of hacking the government of his own country, Romania, Marcel Lazar Lehel also served Romanian prison. After publicly admitting to his involvement in the hacking of Hilary Clinton, Guccifer was then surrendered to the U.S. in March 2016.
While faced with these alleged charges, new intel was uncovered. Other American accounts of FBI agents and Secret Services, government officials, and even U.S Senator Lisa Murkowski have also been hacked.
Around the same time frame, it appears that another hacking group has made its way towards the spotlights. Presenting themselves to the public as Guccifer2.0, despite the similarity to Marcel Lazar’s name, the group has no connection to him whatsoever.
Known for the exposure of the DNC’s favoring towards Hilary Clinton, Guccifer 2.0 continue to take credit for the hack which helped expose evidence about the Democratic National Committee.
While many attempts to link the group to Russian government did take place, lack of further evidence made it impossible to make any connections. Yet again, based on their hacking capabilities and resources, Russia’s depiction as the bad guy has no end.
Seems like 2014 is the year when Guccifer started to become aware of his actions. Because Romanian government officials had been able to connect Guccifer with another alias Little Smoke, Lazar reached the shocking conclusion that the government is on to him.
The only solution to get a clean slate was to destroy every possible item (hard drives and telephone) using an ax. Only weeks after his home was raided, Lazar Lehel aka Guccifer was taken into custody.
“I was expecting them, but the shock was still very big for me,” Lehel said during an interview from jail with the New York Times. “It is hard to be a hacker, but even harder to erase your tracks.” First of all, based on recent reports Lehel never took part in any sort of formal training in computers.
News has is that time after time he played the guessing game after thoroughly informing himself about a specific person. Breaking a password took as long as six months and this was only made possible by repeating a process of trial and error.
As strange as it may seem, the authorities were not able to link any of his false names to one another, even more, no person was aware that Guccifer is Romanian, not even head of Romanian domestic intelligence server Geroge Maior.
They say the “little” reference in Little Smoke had the main role to “minimize his aura of un-catchability.”
Second of all, although Romanian institutions had no evidence of Lehel trying to extort his victims and commit fraud, the charges brought against him in the U.S. claim that his attempt to extort “money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent representations, pretenses and promises” are real.
While many issues remain unanswered, the New York Times gained the main reason behind Guccifer’s ambition. Mainly his career as a hacker is the result of “A potpourri of conspiracy theories about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the 1997 death of Princess Diana and alleged plans for a nuclear attack in Chicago in 2015.”
After personally handing in a written statement, Lehel brings to surface one of his main fears: Illuminati. Especially relevant for his actions, Guccifer adds:
“This world is run by a group of conspirators called the Council of Illuminati, very rich people, noble families, bankers and industrialists from the 19th and 20th century.”
Is Guccifer a notorious liar or not?
But, nonetheless, we cannot be sure whether or not Lehel is playing games. His quest of guessing passwords of American political figures and his skepticism in the Illuminati may be just a distraction aimed to captivate the authority’s attention.
Seeing as how hackers continue to be brought down by the law daily, people like Guccifer keep losing the fight in their quest for the truth.
What is most alarming nowadays is why the government tends to get involved more into stopping these leaking sources, instead of focusing on the significance of the revealed information itself. Overall, the investigation over Hillary Clinton’s account was just a waste of time.
Even though officials state that her email server was clearly not breached, the FBI’s main focus was to stop the flow of information rather than make justice.