Romania's top court has approved a request by U.S. authorities to extradite a convicted hacker known as Guccifer, a source within Romania's DIICOT anti-organized crime and terrorism unit told Reuters on Friday.
"The court approved an 18-month temporary extradition to America for the hacker. This follows a request made by U.S. authorities," the source said.
A Romanian justice ministry spokeswoman said details of the extradition request had not yet been made public.
The U.S. Justice Department said in 2014 that a U.S. federal grand jury had indicted Marcel Lazar Lehel on charges of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer, aggravated identity theft, cyberstalking and obstruction of justice.
The United States accuses Lehel, known by aliases including "Guccifer" and "Small Fume", of stealing data from email and social media accounts of U.S. celebrities and politicians.
Lehel was sentenced by a Romanian court to four years in jail in 2014 for illegally accessing email accounts of public figures "with the aim of getting ... confidential data" and is serving another three-year term for other offences.
This should serve as a warning to every PC user, Just because what you are doing may not be a crime in your country or if it is it may only result in a slap on the wrist, Committing a crime via the internet in another country could have serious consequences and result in serious prison time in that jurisdiction.