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Russia-linked hackers 'targeted French election front-runner Macron'

27 April 2017, 02:27 | Leonard Manning

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's political campaign was targeted by a group of Russian hackers last month, according to a report by a cybersecurity research group on Tuesday. The Russian Embassy in the United States didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mahjoubi said both in an interview Monday and earlier in April that he had no proof of a Russian role, but that the nature and timing of so-called phishing attacks and Web assaults on the Macron campaign had stirred worries that Russia was repeating in France what US intelligence agencies say was a concerted effort to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Trend Micro said the hackers set up a bogus website to harvest the passwords of Macron campaign staffers.

They named one address onedrive-en-marche, fr and another mail-en-marche.fr, to mimic the name of Macron's political party, En Marche.

In the DNC case, the hackers used the domain "actblues.com", which was meant to be confused with the Democratic fundraising site ActBlue.

The Kremlin is seen as a keen backer of Macron's rival in the presidential race, Marine Le Pen, who espouses policies considered as likely to be favored by Moscow, such as France's exit from the European Union.

Earlier this year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Russia's Izvestia newspaper that there may be evidence in Hillary Clinton's leaked emails that Macron had engaged in shady correspondence with the former secretary of state, traveling to the U.S. before announcing his campaign.

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With a view to strengthening healthy democratic values in the country, the Central Government took another historic step today. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took the lead in 2015 by asserting he would not have the red beacon on his vehicle .

Mr Hacquebord said telltale techniques of the group lent weight to the idea that the people involved in the French attacks were behind ones seen past year in the US.

The same group, which is also known as Fancy Bear, APT28, and Sednit, was previously responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails in the U.S. election, for attacking the CDU party of German chancellor Angela Merkel, and French broadcaster TV5 Monde, Trend Micro said.

Putin denied any interest in interfering with the elections in France.

Fancy Bear is known to use phishing attacks as an entry point for sophisticated malware exclusive to the group, known as X-Agent.

Staff with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro added more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. That is a long lifespan for these types of servers, which Trend Micro believes is emblematic of a unique characteristic of Fancy Bear: It does not mind being caught. There are known cases where the group has compromised systems, accessed confidential records and waited for months until the most opportune moment to leak documents to discredit a victim. Experts say the group has done so largely through proxies, a collage of faux identities, anonymized websites and other platforms.

The hacking group also appears to be ramping up targeting of the German political establishment. His Pawn Storm can be read here (https://goo.gl/nNP0CG). On the contrary: "a lot has been written about Pawn Storm since fall of 2014, and their activities have only grown, both in aggressiveness and number".



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