The “Guccifer” hacking spree began in late-2012 with the ransacking of e-mail accounts of Bush family members and friends. Lazar’s victims would eventually grow to include dozens of public figures, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell; CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz; authors Candace Bushnell and Kitty Kelley; billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr; journalists Carl Bernstein and Tina Brown; actress Mariel Hemingway; former Nixon aide John Dean; three members of Britain’s House of Lords; and numerous U.S. military officials, including a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
But the Lazar e-mail incursion with the most serious repercussions was his March 2013 hacking of the AOL account of Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton family confidant.
While in control of the AOL account, Lazar (seen at left) copied Blumenthal’s e-mails, including dozens of messages sent to Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State. Blumenthal’s e-mails to Clinton–many of which included detailed memos about international affairs–were not sent to her government address, but rather to email@example.com.
The clintonemail.com domain was registered on January 13, 2009, as Clinton’s Senate confirmation hearings were about to commence.
The revelation that Clinton used her personal e-mail account for Department of State business–and that her e-mail was housed on a “home brew” server–prompted a sprawling FBI investigation that is examining, among other things, whether classified material was improperly sent and stored via the unsecure system.
Though locked up 5000 miles away, Lazar stays abreast of U.S. events by watching CNN all day. Along with Clinton’s Iowa caucus tally, the hacker is up to speed on the Democratic presidential candidate’s e-mail travails. “Of course I know,” he said. “There are 100 FBI agents working on that server.”
Asked about his role in prompting the e-mail probe that now shadows Clinton, Lazar replied, “Yeah, it’s because of me.”
Guccifer stormed in Silicon Valley and Bohemian Club servers and opened the floodgates on John Doerr’s and Eric Schmidt’s bribery of White House and Department of Energy officials in order to get them to throw all of the “Green Energy Cleantech” taxpayer cash to Doerr, a felony class crime.