Following the hack affecting Emmanuel Macron’s campaign over the weekend, Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault, comments: “The impression on the 4Chan boards, where the data was dumped – the so-called “armpit of the Internet” – is that this is all a game. But the effects of repeated attacks against political parties is serious. It’s unlikely those orchestrating these attacks would have the best interests of those happily spreading their output at heart. While the French elections are now over, it’s unlikely these types of attacks will be. Related attacks targeting German political parties for the upcoming German elections have already been identified.”

“Before linking any individual to these attacks, it’s important to note that a number of people have the name attributed to the username (who edited the documents). In addition, this could be false information planted by the attackers or an entirely innocent employee at a bank somewhere has been unfortunate enough to get caught up in this.”

AlienVault published a full analysis of the leaks on 6 May which is available here: https://www.alienvault.com/blogs/labs-research/macronleaks-a-timeline-of-events

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