The Wall Street Journal: Hacker who targeted U.S. officials gets more than 4 years in prison

A Romanian who went by the nickname “Guccifer” was sentenced Thursday to more than four years in U.S. prison after he admitted to hacking the accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and a relative of former Presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush.

Marcel Lehel Lazar admitted to improperly accessing the personal email and social-media accounts of about 100 Americans, including former high-ranking U.S. officials and their relatives, according to prosecutors. He often publicly released the communications, medical and financial information, and personal photographs of his targets, they said.

Among the private information Lazar publicized was a picture of a portrait that former President George W.

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