The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the target of a “massive hacking attack” as his campaign emails had been leaked. This data is compiled with some fake files into it, to make Macron’s policies suspicious for public, and turn the voters attention towards his opponent in second round of French election on Sunday.
In a statement, Macron’s political movement En Marche, confirmed that it had been hacked.
“The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and coordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information.”
This hacking took place at the time when Macron was believed as the coming President of France by the Sunday polling results. As he was the leading candidate of the first round of election, this time he would be fighting a single second highest candidate of first round, Marine Le Pen.
Due to her controversial statements specially after her recent statements against the opposition leader Macron made her image much more doubtful, analysts revealed after such statements there are almost no chances of her win in the Sunday election.
Vitali Kremez, director of research with New York-based cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint said, “If indeed driven by Moscow, this leak appears to be a significant escalation over the previous Russian operations aimed at the U.S. presidential election, expanding the approach and scope of effort from simple espionage efforts towards more direct attempts to sway the outcome,” Kremez said.