Guccifer sentenced to 52 months in U.S. prison for hacking government officials

It’s not very often there are real legal actions taken for the crazy shit people do on the internet. But the hacker who claims to have exposed the Clinton emails, known as Guccifer, was sentenced to 52 months in prison. He wasn’t convicted for breaking into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private server, because many security officials think there’s no proof he actually did it, but the guy did hack into a lot of other senior officials’ email accounts, which has drawn out the Clinton email scandal for longer.

Guccifer’s real name is Marcel Lazar, and he looks just like a regular 44-year-old guy who has too much time on his hands. Lazar pled guilty in May to unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft, when the U.S. extradited him from Romania in March.

Guccifer broke into more than 100 email accounts, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a relative of former President George W. Bush, and former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal. The emails from Blumenthal were to Clinton’s personal email account she was using while serving as secretary of state. It’s largely because of Guccifer that anyone knows anything about the Emailgate scandal that’s been haunting Clinton’s campaign for president, so she’s probably pretty stoked about his sentencing.

However, this doesn’t mean the emails are going away anytime soon, even though the FBI has said Clinton didn’t do anything illegal. For Guccifer, and it seems most hackers, whether she did anything illegal sort of isn’t the point. It’s all about exposing what goes on behind private server firewalls.

Recently, someone going by Guccifer 2.0 while the original was awaiting his sentencing in the U.S. took over exposing American politicians. They claimed responsibility for leaking the Democratic National Committee emails during the DNC that resulted in the committee chairman and Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign. The leak was done in “homage” to Guccifer, according to the new hacker. Guccifer isn’t in trouble for exposing the Democratic Party, though it does seem to be his and his replacement’s favorite target.

The hacking is dangerous because this is a foreign actor essentially breaking into Washington D.C.’s house and reading everyone’s diaries — except in this case the diaries often contain information on national security, important passwords, and pretty much everything that a government wants to keep secret. There have also been reports of foreign hackers getting into state election systems this month.

So whether or not you think the Clinton emails are scandalous, the actions taken by hackers like Guccifer are. Also, this is the guy who exposed George W. Bush’s paintings a few years ago and really, no one needed to see that shit.