Is Russia Cyberattacking French Presidential Election?

Congress is still investigating claims that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 US elections. Some believe that the orders may have come directly from Russian President Vladimir Putin, although there is no direct evidence to prove it. Some believe that perhaps the Trump campaign was involved with the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Now, accusations are being made that Russian hackers have been targeting Emmanuel Macron, the current front-runner in the French election.

A security firm claimed Tuesday that new cyberattacks on the campaign offices of the front-runner in France’s presidential race carried digital “fingerprints” similar to the suspected Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and others in the 2016 U.S. election.

The report, by the Trend Micro research group, did not disclose the potential fallout of the infiltration on the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who faces far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a May 7 runoff.

If a Russian connection is proved, the hacking would add to mounting allegations that Moscow is backing attempts to influence Western elections in favor of candidates with policies potentially more friendly to the Kremlin. Le Pen has voiced opposition to the powers of the European Union and has called for better ties with Russia, echoing some of the campaign rhetoric of President Trump.

Computer hacking has become a common tool of those who are up to no good and who desire to interfere in the lives and business of others, often for their own financial or political gain. I suspect that many nations including the United States, have hackers working for them in some form of cyber-spying on other nations. However, Russians seems to be the ones that have been getting caught in the act.

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