Russian hackers may stay behind the leaked emails of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron

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The WikiLeaks website on Friday reported about a “massive” leak of email archives from the headquarters of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

“#MacronLeaks contains many tens of thousands emails, photos and attachments dated up to April 24, 2017 – around 9Gb in total,” said WikiLeaks in its official Twitter account. WikiLeaks also noted that “this massive leak is too late to shift the election”.

As much as 9 GB of data were posted on a profile called EMLEAKS to Pastebin.com, a website that allows anonymous document sharing.

Emmanuel Macron’s campaign already confirmed that it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1 day before the second round of voting. Macron’s staff said the leaked data release was an attempt at “democratic destabilisation, like that seen during the last presidential campaign in the United States. The ambition of the authors of this leak is obviously to harm the En Marche! movement within hours of the second round of the French presidential election”.

Our quick analysis of the leaked .xml files showed that the source code contains a large number of tags in Russian language.

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