The campaign of Emmanuel Macron, the favorite to win France's presidential election, has been targeted by a cyber espionage group linked by some experts to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.
Mounir Mahjoubi, who runs Macron's digital operations, told the AP news agency on Monday that it was fair to "suppose" Russian involvement due to the timing of the attack - in the middle of the French presidential campaign.
The firm was unable to tell whether any campaign staffers actually fell into any traps, or whether any campaign materials were compromised.
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Hacquebord said a single registrant unrelated to Macron's campaign had set up the domain names onedrive-en-marche.fr, portal-office.fr, mail-en-march.fr and accounts-office.fr - all created to appear connected to his campaign or to the Microsoft cloud services it uses.
The security firm Trend Micro published a report that accuses hacker groups known as Fancy Bear, APT 28 and Pawn Storm have infiltrated Macron's campaign computers using similar phishing schemes that tricked DNC members, leading to a slew of embarrassing emails getting published on Wikileaks and possibly impacting Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss in the 2016 us presidential election.
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Trend Micro can not definitively say that Russian Federation is behind Pawn Storm, but says that a "pattern of life" points to Russian Federation, based in part on who the group targets. In one screenshot Trend Micro provided to BuzzFeed News, the hackers appeared to be targeting the Konrad Adenueu Stiftung, a German think tank which is affiliated with the Christian Democratic Union (DCU) Party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Pawn Storm is also thought to be behind cyberattacks last summer on the US Democratic National Committee that were suspected to be aimed at undermining Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House.
French officials have also tended to be more circumspect than their American counterparts, repeatedly declining to tie Pawn Storm to any specific actor.
On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the allegations.
The Associated Press left several messages with the hacker or hackers who registered the rogue Macron websites.
Unmasking groups behind any spying campaigns is one of the most challenging aspects of cybersecurity, but Hacquebord said he was confident that Trend Micro had succeeded.
European and American intelligence both concluded that Russian Federation was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Pilfered documents subsequently appeared on WikiLeaks and other more mysterious websites, putting the Democrats on the defensive during their losing campaign against Donald Trump, who became USA president.