Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.
Macron, who is seen as the frontrunner in an election billed as the most important in France in decades, extended his lead over Le Pen in polls on Friday.
As much as 9 gigabytes of data were posted on a profile called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a site that allows anonymous document sharing. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for posting the data or if any of it was genuine.
In an exclusive interview with Lawyers, Guns & Money, FBI Director James Comey assured us that there’s no reason to think that the hackers are favoring any particular candidate.
Seriously, this shouldn’t matter — Macron is way ahead and in this case the hacking may actually be a net negative for Le Pen. But the general trend is worrisome.