Suspected Russia Hackers 'Targeted Macron Campaign'

Suspected Russia Hackers 'Targeted Macron Campaign'

Suspected Russia Hackers 'Targeted Macron Campaign'

Macron, a centrist, is facing right-wing nationalist Marine Le Pen in a contentious French presidential race already compared to the US race of 2016. This has led to allegations from French politicians that Macron was a "US agent" lobbying the interests of the U.S. financial market in France.

A Japanese cybersecurity firm has found links to a possible attempted hacking of the Macron campaign in the 2017 French Presidential election, drawing comparison with the suspected cyber attacks during the US Presidential election previous year.

PARIS French presidential candidate Emmmanuel Macron's campaign team on Wednesday confirmed it had been the target of at least five advanced cyberattack operations since January, which it said had failed to compromise any campaign data. "If you are speed reading as you sign on, and everybody speed reads online, it's something you might not notice", Mahjoubi said. It remains to be seen whether and how the claims will impact next month's second round of voting in the presidential race.

Macron and Le Pen, who took the first two spots in Sunday's French presidential election first round, are facing off in the May 7 runoff.

Trend Micro monitors fake websites and domain names meant to trick employees into providing information such as passwords, and said these tactics were used to try to glean information from the campaign.

She contends Macron's plan for France amounts to "fratricide" because, she says, it pits people and companies against each other, with the strongest winning. She has explicitly identified herself with the Russian leader and President Trump, describing them as "new world" politicians, and Russia has supported her party with millions of Euros in funding.

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The report offers a two-year overview of a group of Russian hackers who are known under various names, including Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, and APT 28.

French officials have tended to be more circumspect than their American counterparts, repeatedly declining to tie Pawn Storm to any specific source.

U.S. intelligence services a year ago said the Pawn Storm group was a GRU front and that the United States election hack was personally ordered by Russian president Vladimir Putin. On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying that the notion that Russian hackers were targeting the French election was "completely incorrect".

The head of Macron's digital campaign, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed to The Associated Press that there had been attempted intrusions, but said they had all been foiled.

Security researchers at Trend Micro warn that the APT28 crew have also targeted Germany's Christian Democratic Union (the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel).

A group affiliated with Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) calling itself the Cyber Caliphate claimed responsibility for that attack, but French and United Kingdom media have since accused Russian intelligence of responsibility, though observers have been left scratching their heads as to what Russia would have to gain from the hack. American and European intelligence agencies and American private security researchers determined that the group was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee past year.

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