Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the handle “Guccifer,” said that he hacked into Hillary Clinton’s “completely unsecured” server and that it was easy.
“It was like an open orchid on the Internet,” he said from a Budapest prison.
“There were hundreds of folders,” he continued.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 5, 2016
In a more recent interview with Fox News Lazar said that the breach was “easy”:
“For me, it was easy … easy for me, for everybody,” he said, this time from a Virginia prison where he’s being held currently.
The hacker was extradited last month from Romania to the United States to face charges that he hacked into servers of Washington elites including General Colin Powell, a member of the Bush family, and former Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal.
The 44-year-old Lazar said he first breached Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s AOL account in March 2013, and used that information as a way to hack into Clinton’s server. He said he accessed Clinton’s server “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,” Guccifer said.
Lazar could not provide documentation to back up his claims, nor did he ever release anything online supporting his allegations, as he had frequently done with past hacks.
According to the NBC report, those familiar with the case say the FBI’s review of the Clinton server logs showed no sign of hacking.
The Clinton campaign responded swiftly, saying that there’s “no basis” to believe Lazar’s claims:
“There is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from his prison cell,” said Clinton’s National Press Secretary Brian Fallon.
“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.”
Fallon continued, noting the inconsistencies of the statement.
“We have received no indication from any government agency to support these claims, nor are they reflected in the range of charges that Guccifer already faces and that prompted his extradition in the first place,” Fallon added.
“And it has been reported that security logs from Secretary Clinton’s email server do not show any evidence of foreign hacking.”