Romanian hacker Marcel Lazar, known as Guccifer and who admitted hacking into the email of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said he doubts the accusations of the Obama administration against Russia over its involvement in cyberattacks during the US presidential elections of 2016.
In an exclusive interview to Fox News, he called the US attacks on Russia “hysteria” and part “the fake cyber war”. “Americans went crazy from thinking about the Russian that they invade the United States,” said Lazar. “It’s crazy <…> It’s hysteria, you know?”, he added.
Interview with Lazar, who is now serving his sentence in prison in his home country on charges of cybercrime, was recorded during a series of telephone conversations with him. In the beginning Lazar in an interview with Fox News admitted that he had repeatedly hacked the personal email server of Hillary Clinton, which she used during his tenure as Secretary of state.
The Obama administration late last year imposed new sanctions against Russia for “interference in the elections”. In the sanctions list, in particular, were the head of the GRU of the General staff Igor Korobov, his three deputies and accused of hacking Alexey Bilan and Evgeny Bogachev. Under the US sanctions also hit the FSB, the GRU, independent noncommercial organization “Professional Association of designers of Informatics systems”, LLC “Special technology center” and LLC “Digital weapons and protection” (DH). In addition, the US state Department declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats.