Macron’s Campaign Claims to Fake Out APT28 Hackers’ Phishing Attempts
Who in the world could have attempted to mess with this past weekend’s presidential election in France via a well-time dump of campaign documents and communications from the campaign of Emmanuel Macron? Security experts say all evidence points to the usual suspect: Russian hackers.
No surprise: Security experts say all evidence points to the usual suspect – Russian intelligence – and in particular the group known as APT28, aka Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, Sednit, Sofacy and Strontium.
The impetus for the dump appeared to be an attempt to bolster the chances of centrist Emmanuel Macron’s opponent, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Regardless, in the May 7 second round of the national elections, Le Pen won only 33.9 percent to Macron’s 66.1 percent.