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    Macron condemns 'massive' hacking attack as documents leaked

    The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the target of a "massive hacking attack" after a trove of documents was released online.

    The campaign said that genuine files were mixed up with fake ones in order to confuse people.

    It said that it was clear the hackers wanted to undermine Mr Macron ahead of Sunday's second round vote.

    The centrist will face off against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

    The documents were leaked on a file sharing website late on Friday, as the official presidential campaigning period drew to a close.

    Opinion polls had indicated Mr Macron carried a lead of 20 percentage points or more over Ms Le Pen.

    more Macron condemns 'massive' hacking attack as documents leaked - BBC News

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    French presidential frontrunner Macron’s emails leaked after alleged hack

    Private emails from the campaign of the leading candidate in France’s presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, have been posted online by an unknown source. The politician confirmed the leak in a statement, warning that this was, like other recent hacks, an attempt to interfere with the election and that fabricated content was mixed in with genuine emails. “The ‘En Marche!’ movement has been the victim of a massive coordinated hacking campaign that is leading to leaks on social networks tonight,” read the statement issued by the campaign (TechCrunch’s translation). “The documents circulating were obtained several weeks ago in hacks on the personal and professional email inboxes of multiple people in charge of the movement.”

    The emails were posted in a number of formats to Archive.org, then links to those files collected on a Pastebin page by someone using the handle Emleaks. A cursory examination of the documents by TechCrunch indicates a variety of content, from budget discussions, loan contracts and so on. We are currently unable to verify these documents, but many are at least not obviously fake or modified, like some that have appeared as part of other politically motivated leaks.

    A great deal of the emails are to or cc’ed to Cédric O, who is treasurer for Macron’s party En Marche, as well as consultant Pierre Person. This is a good indication that their accounts were specifically targeted, although others, including at least one Gmail account, appear to be represented.
    Macron’s campaign has previously indicated it had been fending off hacks, which it suggested originated in Russia. Rumors have surfaced that it is one of the Russian groups linked to last year’s election interference in the U.S., known as Fancy Bear or Advanced Persistent Threat 28, that has beenactively targeting Macron.
    The campaigning period wrapped up today at midnight in France, and French law prohibits reporting on it until the election itself is completed on Sunday. Campaigns themselves are similarly prohibited from communicating in official capacity — a prohibition Macron’s group ignored in order to issue the statement. The consequences of this choice are unclear as yet.

    Update: The French election control commission has issued a statement asking media not to report on the content of the leaks, and reminds readers that the dissemination of false information may be a criminal offense. The commission will be meeting in the next few hours and may issue further statements then.
    This timing is unlikely to be coincidental; releasing potentially damaging information (and damaging in that it was even able to be stolen) days before the election, and at a time when it cannot be officially discussed, is a fairly obvious attempt to affect its result.
    “The intent of the authors of this leak is clearly to harm the ‘En Marche!’ movement just hours before the second round of the presidential election,” the statement continues. “Those leaking the documents have added numerous fake documents to the legitimate documents in order to spread doubt and misinformation.”

    En Marche was careful to indicate that it believed nothing in the leak is particularly damaging:

    “Of course, all documents coming from this hack are legal and show the ordinary functioning of a presidential campaign. This internal data is now public, but we aren’t concerned when it comes to the legal aspect and the compliance of those documents.”
    Macron leads by a large margin, greater than 60/40 by the latest polls, against his primary rival, Marine Le Pen. Le Pen represents a populist or far-right faction not dissimilar in its messages of extreme nationalism from those espoused by Donald Trump.


    https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/05/fr...-alleged-hack/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    false information
    any of the doc that are used in an RT story will have been manipulated

    RT does not publish anything that has not been approved

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    ^ RT and Sputnik suing Macron.

    Russia blamed as Macron campaign blasts 'massive hacking attack' ahead of French presidential election

    Russia blamed as Macron campaign blasts 'massive hacking attack' ahead of French presidential election

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    RT does not publish anything that has not been approved
    Yep that is why I laugh when posters here like Neo and OhDoh quote it like gospel.

    I am sure both of them will be along shortly to tell us the Russians had nothing to do with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    Russia blamed as Macron campaign blasts 'massive hacking attack'



    Maybe his GILF leaked the bankster tool's documents...

    Barack Obama endorses Emmanuel Macron — but don’t kid yourself, the French ex-banker is no progressive
    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/06/bara...o-progressive/

    Though Macron has been hyped by the media as a political outsider, he is a creature of the establishment if there ever was one, and is the natural successor of President François Hollande, whose neoliberal economic and fiscal policies have earned him historically low approval ratings. Macron made his fortune as an investment banker for Rothschild; he served as the Hollande government’s economy minister for several years, ushering in a number of business-friendly reforms. He was prudent, however, to distance himself from the Socialist Party, which has become a toxic brand because of the Hollande government. Thus, while Macron was the candidate whose politics and policies were closest to Hollande’s, the Socialist Party’s left-wing candidate, Benoît Hamon — who represented a departure from the party establishment’s centrism — bore the brunt of the political fallout.


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    Baffling headline from the Indy...

    France presidential elections: Emmanuel Macron retains narrow lead over Marine Le Pen as country goes to polls
    Pro-European Union centrist candidate has 23-26 point lead going into the vote
    France presidential elections: Emmanuel Macron retains narrow lead over Marine Le Pen as country goes to polls | The Independent

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