French presidential hopeful Emmanuelle Macron’s team confirmed that it suffered a massive hacking attack after a trove of internal documents was released online just a day before the final round of elections. On Friday evening, a profile called EMLEAKS posted a nine-gigabyte leak to Pastebin, a web application where users can store plain text.
WikiLeaks posted a link to Pastebin on Twitter, saying that the release in question “contains many tens of thousands of emails, photos, attachments up to April 24, 2017.”
However, the group denied being involved in the leak, saying only that it is verifying the information.
Macron’s political movement, En Marche!, has released a statement confirming that the candidate and his campaign team were hacked.
“The En Marche movement has been a victim of a massive and coordinated hacking attack leading to the spreading this evening on social media of internal information of a diverse nature (emails, documents, contracts),” the statement said.
According to the team, “those circulating these documents are adding many false documents to authentic documents in order to sow doubt and disinformation.”
The release came “in the last hour of the official campaign” and this hack is “clearly a matter of democratic destabilization,” the statement added… see more