Russia used Facebook to spy on Macron's campaign

  • Roman Šulc
  • 2.8.2017 13:19

Russian intelligence attempted to monitor the campaign of candidate Emmanuel Macron via Facebook during the first round of French presidential election. Reuters, citing an unnamed US congressman and two other informed individuals, stated on 27 July that about two dozens Facebook accounts were created to monitor Macron and his associates.

The perpetrators presented themselves as friends of Macron's allies, from whom they attempted to get personal information. According to Facebook employees, the victims have not been infected with malware or had their access data compromised which was the supposed purpose of the operations. The social network representatives pointed out that the efforts were traceable to the tools associated with earlier operations of APT28, which is connected to Russian military intelligence GRU. The accounts in question, together with other profiles spreading misinformation, were detected and deactivated by Facebook. The Kremlin, as in the case of the U.S. presidential election, has strongly denied accusations of attempts to influence the outcome of voting in France. Protection of electoral processes against cyber-related threads is, after the experiences from the US and France, on the front burner in many countries. 

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