Romanian hacker 'Guccifer' says it was 'easy' to infiltrate Hillary Clinton's personal emails from his small village
A Romanian hacker known as 'Guccifer,' who posted unofficial emails sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Internet, has revealed that he 'easily' penetrated the Democratic frontrunner's emails and explained how.
In jailhouse interviews with Fox News from where he’s being held on cyber-crime charges in Alexandria, Virginia, Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, told the media outlet that it was simple for him to figure out how to break into Clinton's personal email server, and he did it twice in 2013.
'For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody,' he bragged to the news outlet.
Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar (above), 44, was extradited to the U.S. from Romania last month - he accused of cyber crimes - he himself claims he has hacked into Hillary Clinton’s email
He said he first went into journalist and Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s email account by doing extensive research on him and then correctly guessing his security question.
He said Blumenthal's emails were 'interesting' and he was talking about 'the Middle East and what they were doing there.' It's unclear who he was talking to.
Lazar said he then would see emails from political operatives, such as Clinton, and was able to trace their IP addresses and use ‘IP scanner' software to see if ports were open and email addresses 'alive.'
He claims he compromised Clinton’s emails 'like twice' and said the contents 'were not interesting.'
'I was not paying attention. For me, it was not like the Hillary Clinton server, it was like an email server she and others were using with political voting stuff,' he said.
Lazar, who goes by the cyber handle ‘Guccifer' says it was 'easy' for him to break into Clinton's personal email but that her emails weren't 'interesting'
Fox News said it could not independently confirm Lazar’s claim, but spoke to security experts who said it seems plausible.
'This sounds like the classic attack of the late 1990s. A smart individual who knows the tools and the technology and is looking for glaring weaknesses in Internet-connected devices,’ Bob Gourley, a former chief technology officer (CTO) for the Defense Intelligence Agency, said.
Lazar says he is self trained and did most of his hacking from his small village in Romania.
'Cybersecurity expert Morgan Wright told the outlet, 'The Blumenthal account gave [Lazar] a road map to get to the Clinton server. You get a foothold in one system. You get intelligence from that system, and then you start to move.'
Clinton and her camp deny that her personal email server was compromised by any foreign hackers
Lazar's victims aren't named in his nine-count indictment, but they reportedly include Colin Powell, Sydney Blumenthal and a Bush family member
Hillary Clinton answers questions on her email server in April But Gourley also warned that ‘Unfortunately, in this community, a lot people make up stories and it’s hard to tell what's really true until you get into the forensics information and get hard facts.'
For her part, Clinton denies her personal email server had been compromised by foreign hackers, saying ‘No, not at all' when asked by MSNBC.
'There is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from his prison cell,' Clinton's national press secretary, Brian Fallon, told NBC News. 'In addition to the fact that he offers no proof to support his claims, his descriptions of Secretary Clinton's server are inaccurate. It is unfathomable that he would have gained access to her emails and not leaked them the way he did to his other victims.’
He added that her server shows no trace of foreign hacking.
Clinton’s private server contained nearly 2,200 emails containing information now deemed classified, and another 22 at the 'Top Secret' level.
The government has publicly posted about 45,000 pages, with roughly 7600 still left to be released at the end of February, according to NBC News.
Lazar is also accused of hacking into the personal accounts of Colin Powell and a Bush family member, two former U.S. presidents, a former U.S. Cabinet member, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential advisor.
He had pleaded not guilty to nine counts of hacking and his trial is set in the Eastern District of Virginia for September 12.