About 14.5 gigabytes of emails, personal, and business documents were hacked and posted on social media from leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Friday, two days before the election.
“The files that are circulated were obtained several weeks ago following the hacking of personal and professional mail boxes,” His political organization En Marche! Said in a translated report, calling the attack the latest in a series of cyber intrusions.
The final round of the French presidential election commences on Sunday. Photo by NBC News
Some nine gigabytes of data were posted by a user called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a document-sharing site that allows anonymous posting while some are shared across social media.
Suspecting Russia behind the “massive and coordinated hacking operation” due to similar methods, the uploaded files caused confusion and misinformation to the citizens as it was mixed with fake documents.
As of Friday polls, Macron is still holding a strong 20-point lead against National front rival Marine Le Pen despite being attacked for his perceived arrogance. If Macron successfully cliches Sunday’s final vote, he would become the youngest president in the history of France and the nation’s youngest leader since Napoleon.