Hackers hit Macron campaign and released internal documents

  • Roman Šulc
  • 7.5.2017 09:33

On 5 May a massive leak of roughly 5 gigabytes of data stolen from the team of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was published on the document-sharing site Pastebin. Macron's political movement En Marche! confirmed that it was a victim of a coordinated hacker attack, resulting in a leak of various internal information on social networks. According to its representants, the concerned files, such as e-mails, contracts, accounting sheets and other common presidential campaign-related materials, are altered and mixed with many false documents.

Despite the lack of forensic details, cyber security firms are suspecting Russian state hackers, as the incident shares the methodology with their other activities, albeit the timing (immediately before the final elections on 7 May) does not seem to be consistent with this conclusion. The suspected group APT28 has previously been associated with attempts at infiltrating Macron's team, as well as information operations during the American presidential elections. Both Macron's case and US DNC hack also share a common element in a base of social networks users, who are supporting the spread of information, as some of the accounts used are identical.

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