Fox News today was going on about “Guccifer” being in a USA court, extradited by the USA for ‘hacker crimes’ and why this is a big deal for Hillary. They are right.
For those who don’t remember it, Guccifer was the guy who published George Bush’s Paintings, Colin Powel’s “Maybe an affair” with a Romanian woman (who might or might not have covert connections) and a few dozen other high profile “hacks”. (Really “cracks”, but only hackers know that hacking is really benign and it is ‘cracking’ that is getting into somewhere illegally… but I digress)
At any rate Guccifer has been around for quite a while. He got nabbed about a year ago and has been cooling his heels in a Romanian prison with a 7 year term. (His critical mistake was ‘hitting’ some Romanian folks and thus called to the attention of the Romanian Services, who otherwise would not have cared… Note to any potential ‘system crackers’: NEVER EVER crack a system in your homeland, or the country you proxy through… Sidebar: Always leave behind bread crumbs pointing at a different origin and interest. Spell things as a German would misspell them, or show an abnormal interest in British Soccer… which you always call ‘football’ if American… and soccer if not…) So he was taken off the scene early 2015.
Now he is talking with the F.B.I.
About Hillary Clinton.
Before I point you to a very good article about him, note this: His technique is called crude and low tech and otherwise disparaged by the article. It was “only” social engineering. Frankly, I don’t care if he didn’t write ‘warez’ or use kool-tools or have a TFLOP machine to crack encryption… While all of that interests me, as of right now, today, THE most effective mode of attack is exactly Human Factors. (LOADS of computer services help this by using public information as though it were a secret for your ‘password reset’ or other back doors… I was given a set of a 1/2 dozen questions to get an Internet Phone Service set up, the answer to all of which was taken from Public Records. ANYONE could get that info and “be prepared”. It isn’t just a dumb system, it is a reckless and risky enhancing system, since people THINK they have more security when they really have less… but again, I digress…) So just read the article and see that all it takes to hack the emails of the Rich And Famous is a bit of dogged “Dig Here!” into their personal lives. Past addresses, family names, etc. etc. That’s ALL he did.
A couple of quoted bits, just to show “why this article and the event matters”.
By Matei Rosca
, written on March 20, 2015
These are the last two paragraphs of the article, and the “punch line”:
Our conversation ends at the insistence of a sullen prison guard. Time is up. Before I leave, Lehel assures me that, far from rehabilitating, Guccifer is still plotting inside his cell. He is anticipating a collaboration with US security services “when the time is right”. He says he has “a lot more material saved in the cloud.”
“The Guccifer archive isn’t complete and many intelligence services are interested in it. Hot Palestinian documents. Problems in the near future for the Western world. The whole archive is around 30 GB. That’s the submerged part of the iceberg.”
That is a 30 GB Sword Of Damocles hanging over Hillary. IF Guccifer can get past himself and act in his own best interests for just a moment, he will get a public defender (he has no money for an attorney) to “get him an immunity deal” in exchange for his testimony about how easy it was to Hack Hillary. That, and the 30 GB… I do note that he plans to ‘collaborate’ “when the time is right”…
Oh, and just as a Human Interest angle: He’s a middle aged guy with no money from a poor town in the boonies. He has a wife and young daughter. He is now world famous, may expose some of the more dirty aspects of our political overlords and save us from some really nasty grief, yet his family has nothing. One would hope someone “of means” might find a way to help them…
Gabriela doesn’t know or care much about computers or the Internet. She is worried the family can’t afford a lawyer yet has little interest in engaging with the justice system. “It’s all corrupt,” she tells me. “Bright people are marginalized.” She resented the staged news event the police set up when they last came, attracting a crowd of overeager city reporters in front of her mother’s house to see her husband frogmarched away.
The police seized Guccifer’s computer but left behind his keyboard, which his family still uses. It is worn out; the letters and symbols on it are written in Gabriela’s orange nail polish. “I’ll sell it online for $500,000,” she jokes.
Alexandra, their daughter, has schoolmates who tease and bully her. “Kids are mean. They ask her why is your daddy locked up… What did he steal? Seven years is a long time. After all, he didn’t steal anything. He was just curious,” her mother says.
As per how hard to Hack Hillary?
The Lazărs never studied beyond high school. They worked petty jobs in factories and shops but Lehel had been unemployed for the year or so before he was arrested. Before that he’d been a taxi driver and a paint salesman. He had never had a job using computers.
Lehel wasn’t always a hacker. In fact, by hacker standards, he started late, around the age of 35. Lehel couldn’t hold down a job and despite his sharp mind was a misfit and often a loser with severe money troubles. He reads a lot and is fluent in three languages but remains a simple, rural man who doesn’t get on well with people. His first known hacking was in late 2010, out of boredom and vivid imagination. It turned out to be surprisingly easy.
About his motivations and methods, he says: “I’m an autodidact but not a programmer. There are 100 million programmers. I use any possible method to break electronic correspondence – including contact lists and metadata, like the NSA programs do, only that’s artificial intelligence. I also use Kaballah, numerology, and the occult. Jung’s archetypes. Social engineering. It’s not the technology but the human factor that makes the difference.”
Perhaps a bit crazy and conspiratorial ideated, Perhaps just “bright but dumb”. Or maybe just “bright, unemployed, and angry”… an ever growing class of people… TPTB ought to recognize it is a bad class to cause to grow, but they don’t…
So hit the link, I’ve just given a taster. It’s a very well written article and well worth the time to read the non-butchered non-hacked-up version.
Sitting out there in “the cloud” is a 30 GB archive of “stuff” from a guy who used to read Hillary’s emails “for a few hours” and then go out to do gardening… What’s in it? Who knows.
BUT, given that he would bounce off a Russian Server, was not highly skilled himself in things like encrypting tunnels and hiding things (used a known tapped phone line for connections at one point…) I think it nearly certain that at least the Romanian and Russian secret services had clue as to who’s stuff he was reading and how to get in to read it… I strongly suspect there are several OTHER folks / agencies scattered around the planet with a copy of her server contents…
IF Hillary deleted even ONE email of “merit”, that shows up in his archive, she is up for perjury and lying under oath. IMHO, The Clinton Foundation ought to be doing everything they can to get Guccifer off the hook and his family set up in nice comfortable “digs” and with a fat bank account in Switzerland… ’cause if they don’t, there are some other folks who will… for a certain bit of data… OTOH, if all he has ‘extra’ really is tennis dates and wedding plans, then he needs to cut that “immunity” deal and get it equipped with a ‘witness protection program’ for his family before anyone finds out that it’s 30 GB of blah blah blah.
As for Hillary: She was, absolutely, cracked, hacked, bagged and tagged. Doesn’t matter if there are additional emails of merit found, the 2000 already identified are enough. She was deliberately using a private server for State Department Classified communications (born classified, so no marking needed). IF she is not indicted, you can know, for certain, that the F.B.I. and all of the Justice Department are frauds and exist only to provide political cover. It really is that existential. Either they “do their jobs”, and the extant facts clearly show Hillary is a criminal; or they are derelict in duty and fraudulent in action. If elected, she is not a valid President, since Felony is not a proper qualification.