The Romanian hacker who goes by the name “Guccifer” hacked Hillary Clinton’s email account when she was Secretary of State. It is this man who exposed the fact that Clinton was using a private server and address to send classified information. And it is this man who has been tried and convicted of a crime. Many will note the irony, here; Clinton, who broke laws with how she handled state secrets, is not facing jail time. The person who exposed her is.
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Marcel Lazar, 44, has been sentenced to 52 months in a federal prison. His sentence was handed down Thursday in a court in Alexandria, Virginia. Lazar is believed to be the hacker named Guccifer.
After being extradited from Romania, Lazar plead guilty in May to aggravated identity theft and unauthorized access to a protected computer. Perhaps the Secretary of State could have been better protected.
Lazar has told investigators that he breached Clinton’s private server at her home in Chappaqua, New York. This claim is refuted by Clinton. But she was not his only victim. He is believed to have hacked more than 100 others, including Colin Powell, members of the Bush family, Sidney Blumental, and others.
It was a memo Blumenthal sent to Clinton that contained her personal address during a time when she was Secretary of State.
Clinton’s use of a private email account, and her mishandling of classified information was the subject of an FBI investigation that went nowhere.
After Guccifer’s arrest, a new hacker calling himself “Guccifer 2.0” has emerged. The hacker claims to be Romanian and has been wrecking havoc with the Democratic National Committee.
U.S. intelligence officials believe Guccifer 2.0 is actually a group of Russian state-sponsored hackers, and maybe even the Russian intelligence agents themselves attempting to spread chaos in the Democratic party ahead of the November election.