The Romanian hacker, “Guccifer” said breaching former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s personal server in early 2013 was easy and repeatable. Separately, a federal Judge said he may call on Clinton to testify in a records case.
“For me, it was easy…easy for me, for everybody,” Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker “Guccifer,” told Fox News in an exclusive interview from a Virginia jail where he is being held.
Lazar, 44, is the hacker who first exposed Hillary Clinton’s private email address. Her server held nearly 2,200 emails containing information now deemed classified, and another 22 designated as “Top Secret.”
Lazar was extradited from Romania to the United States last month to face charges for hacking the email accounts of political elites, including General Colin Powell, a member of the Bush family, and former Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal. It was Clinton’s friendship with Blumenthal and her “completely unsecured” server that gave Lazar access to the secretary of state’s email.
“It was like an open orchid on the Internet,” Lazar told NBC News in an interview earlier this year when he was in prison in Bucharest. “There were hundreds of folders.”
Lazar alleges he compromised Blumental’s AOL account in March of 2013 and then used that as a stepping stone to Clinton’s server, which he said he accessed “like twice,” though he described the contents as “not interest[ing] to him at the time.”
“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,” Lazar told Fox.
Lazar gave Fox and NBC News no proof to back his claims and would not provide copies of the emails that he says he downloaded.
Lazar told Fox that he guessed Blumenthal’s security question after doing extensive research on the web. Once inside Blumenthal’s account, he saw dozens of messages from Clinton’s email address.
“For examples, when Sidney Blumenthal got an email, I checked the email pattern from Hillary Clinton, from Colin Powell, from anyone else to find out the originating IP. …When they send a letter, the email header is the originating IP usually,” Lazar explained.
“Then I scanned with an IP scanner,” he added.
An IP, or Internet Protocol address, is a unique numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) that serves two functions – as identification for host or network interface, as well as for location addressing. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, said “a name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A route indicates how to get there.”
Lazar alleges that he came across evidence indicating others were on the Clinton server as well.
“As far as I remember, yes, there were …up to 10, like, IPs from other parts of the world,” he told Fox