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Could Mr Normal be alluding to this incident?

Earlier on Friday, Ms. Le Pen's campaign staff said its website also had faced "regular and targeted" attacks during the campaign.

It also said that the French authorities had investigated the attacks and, this week, arrested a suspect who was "close to extreme-left circles" and who had admitted to being responsible for several attacks on Ms. Le Pen's campaign website. The arrest occurred on French soil, the statement said.


Me, too

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by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 05:48:09 AM EST
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That incident didn't result into 9 GB of data leaked over to Pastebin, AFAIK. Hacking is as hacking does. There are  just hacking operations that are more "professional" and others that are really amateurish.
by Bernard on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 10:53:08 AM EST
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But if the intent was to benefit Le Pen, dropping 9 GB on pastebin the day before the election is amateurish. A single mail with an actual scandal would have been more effective.

So, clumsy Russians? CIA doing strategy of tension again? US Nazis (that is what alt-right means) thinking it's ​the hacking that counts? Or other states with an interest in the French presidential election trying to benefit either side?

Who knows? Well, NSA probably does according to Snowden, but if they are not willing to explain what XKEYSCORE does after the US election, I doubt they will after this. And MSM appears perfectly happy to stuff their knowledge of XKEYSCORE down the memory hole.

by fjallstrom on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 12:43:33 PM EST
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I said the hacking seems professional, complete with Twitter bots to disseminate the "news" as far and wide as possible. The "dirty trick" operation itself seems rather ham-fisted, as you mentioned. Right wing nativists are known for a number of things, but subtlety is not among those.
by Bernard on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 01:10:02 PM EST
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Am I to understand then that persons apprehended by French law enforcement were amateur hackers, because they did NOT publish data they obtained at Pastebin?

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by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2017 at 11:29:43 PM EST
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Indeed. It's perfectly plausible, indeed pretty much inevitable,  that hard-left French hackers would do that. And get caught (French spooks are getting better at this stuff). Doing it from French soil.

I wonder who would want to do that to Macron's campaign? With vastly greater logistical means? And with success? And not from French soil, therefore not catchable? And have excellent connections to the US alt-right to spread it?

Really, I can't think who that might be.

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by eurogreen on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 12:59:50 PM EST
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