"irresistible high-low raw material for an online news cycle"
January 27, 2014 9:43 AM   Subscribe

From a small town in Romania, Guccifer skewered and glorified the power elite.
If Snowden perfectly fit the profile of geek crusader, Lehel, a stone-faced, disheveled man in a tight leather jacket, seemed an odd candidate for one of the world’s most notorious hackers. But Guccifer is to hacking what the Beatles are to rock and roll. He had predecessors, 4Chan cowboys like Anonymous and Sabu of LulzSec, but he’s changed the nature of hacking fame. Guccifer rose by exploiting the connections people make online to infiltrate the private lives of some of the most powerful people on Earth. He served up the results to the media, irresistible high-low raw material for an online news cycle driven by leaks and voyeurism and racked by anxiety over privacy.
What Is A Guccifer? posted by the man of twists and turns (12 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

From TSG:
In a note apparently explaining (as it were) why the former Washington Post reporter [Carl Bernstein] was targeted, “Guccifer” wrote, “he is around these days. he is jew. But he fights the illuminati!” In prior correspondence to TSG, “Guccifer” has cited dark conspiracies involving the Illuminati, Rockefellers, bankers, and Bohemian Grove attendees.
Yeah, he's a regular Robin Hood.
posted by Kadin2048 at 11:17 AM on January 27 [1 favorite]

Bohemia Grove, Circa 1926/7.

This guy sounds interesting. Wonder who he really works for.
posted by marienbad at 11:34 AM on January 27 [1 favorite]

Is "Guccifer" pronounced "goochi-fer" or "juice-i-fer"? 'Cause I know what a Jucifer is, it's an awesomely loud metal band! \m/ !!!
posted by octobersurprise at 11:34 AM on January 27 [1 favorite]

It's "Goose-ih-fer."
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:35 AM on January 27

This guy sounds like a dick and comparing him to Snowden is polluting the discourse.
posted by Dmenet at 11:38 AM on January 27 [8 favorites]

AOL must be such a rich source of technically illiterate targets.
posted by benzenedream at 11:54 AM on January 27 [3 favorites]

Huh, I thought this would be a Guccifer.
posted by maryr at 12:18 PM on January 27

He reminds me of Lamo (note that his name is often mispronounced, the proper pronunciation is Lame-Oh): attention seeking media-whore with the ethics of something not very ethical.

I mean for gods sakes, in Guccifers 'hack the planet' rampage he managed to inadvertently humanize GWB.

marienbad: not all bad actors are part of an ensemble.
posted by el io at 5:02 PM on January 27

"What Is A Guccifer?"

$20, same as in town.
posted by klangklangston at 6:11 PM on January 27

I mean for gods sakes, in Guccifers 'hack the planet' rampage he managed to inadvertently humanize GWB.

Oh no, not humanizing a literal person!
posted by Apocryphon at 8:02 PM on January 27

Am I understanding correctly that Guccifer believes in crackpot conspiracy theories and reveals uninteresting personal details about famous people, right? Why should I care?

There are actual conspiracies that seriously need disruption, but sorry they're actually rather banal, not ancient secret societies. And the notes form Bush's daily meetings with lobbyists actually matters, another photo of him looking ridiculous, not so much.
posted by jeffburdges at 4:55 PM on January 29

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