p Just two days prior to the presidential election in France, approximately nine gigabytes of hacked data related to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron was published on Pastebin earlier today.
In addition to email correspondence from professional and personal accounts as well as financial documents, the anonymous user that dumped the data mixed in a collection of fake documents; possibly in an attempt to confuse voters prior to the election.
Releasing a statement about the hack, a representative for Macron’s political movement En Marche!
Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information.
The seriousness of this event is certain and we shall not tolerate that the vital interests of democracy be put at risk.”
The leaked data appeared online late Friday night, specifically after the cutoff time which French candidates are barred from continued campaigning.