Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a lousy Tuesday when she lost yet another primary to upstart challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders.
She might have had an even worse Wednesday, when Fox News broke an exclusive story that may prove the private email server Clinton used as the nation’s top diplomat had not only been broken into, but that doing it was child’s play for a Romanian computer hacker now in U.S. custody.
Even worse, the notorious hacker reportedly disclosed, the supposedly “private” home-brew server was a revolving door for hackers from all over the world. And FBI agents who are deep into a probe of Clinton’s email scandal, should be taking notice of the national security implications.
“For me, it was easy … easy for me, for everybody,” the hacker, Marcel Lehel Lazar reportedly told Fox News’ Catherine Herridge.
Lazar, who goes by the alias “Guccifer” in the hacking world, described an email server that was supposed to be capable of handling the secrets of the United States government as basically open to anyone with minimal competence in computer use. He said it was obvious that he wasn’t the only unauthorized person accessing Clinton’s computer network.
Internet protocols – basically the addresses of individual computers on the system – were evident, he said.
“As far as I remember, yes, there were … up to 10, like, IPs from other parts of the world,” he told Herridge.
If Guccifer’s story is true – and computer experts interviewed by Fox reported that the hacking method he described was at least plausible – it would give the lie to an essential part of Clinton’s – and President Obama’s – take on the email scandal since it broke in March 2015.
Clinton has tried repeatedly to brush off the FBI’s investigation as a “security review,” while at the same time maintaining she never jeopardized national security. Obama has pretended Clinton’s disregard for computer security for her own privacy was “careless” but “has not jeopardized national security.” The president was definitive in his defense of the Democrat front-runner for the presidency.
Guccifer’s account would make that demonstrably false. And demonstrably dangerous as Hillary’s email managed on her non-governmental server has been found to have contained numerous official secrets.
Of course, Guccifer’s account might not be true. As one cybersecurity expert told Fox News, “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.”
However, one source of information that could confirm it is in the FBI’s hands already. Bryan Paglione, the IT tech who set up Clinton’s email server, has been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.
And combined with Guccifer’s story, that testimony just might be enough for the Justice Department to indict a woman who, despite Tuesday’s primary loss, is on the cusp of winning her party’s nomination for the presidency.