24-hours before French voters go to the polls to elect their next President, the candidacy of Emmanuel Macron seems threatened over a “massive” computer hack that dumped his emails online.
According to reports, Nine gigabytes of data from the French presidential candidate’s team were posted online in final hours of campaigning as French nationals vote to choose between the centrist and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
Like that seen during the last presidential campaign in the United States, the leak of thousands of emails, accounting documents and other files according to Macron’s political movement En Marche! (Onwards!), was an attempt at “democratic destabilisation.
“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,” the movement said in a statement.
Continuing, Macron’s team said the files were stolen weeks ago when several officials from En Marche! had their personal and work emails hacked – one of “an intense and repeated” series of cyber-attacks against Macron since the launch of the campaign.