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‘Macronleaks’: Hackers find flaw in French cyber-fortress

The involvement of APT28, the editing of some documents leaked by someone using a Russian version of Microsoft Office, and the attempt to spread the data through amplification in social media channels such as 4Chan, Twitter, and Facebook-where a number of new accounts posted links to the data-are all characteristics of the information operations seen during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.

Posobiec is prolific on Twitter, where he has a large following of more than 100,000 accounts.

The hackers behind a “massive and coordinated” attack on the campaign of France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, have been linked by a number of cybersecurity research firms to the same Russian-affiliated group blamed for attacking the Democratic party shortly before the U.S. election.

Mr Nimmo said bots helped move the hashtag from the United States to France, where surveys showed far-right leader Marine Le Pen trailing Mr Macron by more than 20 points heading into yesterday’s election.

Whatever the origin of the piracy, the publication of these documents two days before the second round, in the reserve period which forbids the candidates and their supporters to express themselves, is clearly aimed at disrupting the current electoral process.

The group did not publish the information itself but tweeted about the leak at least 15 times.

If you think it was wrong for Russian Federation to meddle and/or interfere with our recent election (however, since Hillary Clinton received the majority of the votes, I really don’t understand this flawed logic and this claim has yet to be proven), what do you now think about former President Obama’s meddling and interfering in the upcoming election in France? “That’s what our readers expect”.

Some nine gigabytes of emails allegedly stolen from accounts of Macron’s En Marche! movement were dumped anonymously online late on Friday.

“There is a noticeable lack of a persona taking credit for this”, said John Hultquist, a cyber researcher at FireEye, adding that such an absence made attribution more hard.

US-based cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint hit back, however, and said a group attached to GRU, Russia’s military intelligence directorate, was behind the leak.

Vitali Kremez, director of research at Flashpoint, said his review indicated APT28 was behind the leak.

The French press is showing the corporate USA media how it should be done, as they have imposed a voluntary blackout on the Russian Macron campaign email hack until after the election.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement to Reuters that the Macron leak demonstrates the urgency of his panel’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in last year’s U.S. election.

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