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He seems to be the inspirer, almost certainly but unproveably the funder of the hacker teams that performed the successful phishing operation against Macron.

I'm still not quite sure why the Russians have to be behind every low level phishing attack. Maybe, maybe not but definitely not "almost certainly".
As Mig used to say -

The failure mode of the system of liberal democracy and economic liberalism is depression and fascism, for the second time in 80 years.

Which is exactly what is happening. Focusing too much on supposed external enemies can't be good for our chances to get through this.

by generic on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 09:46:34 AM EST
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Because any "low level phishing attack", such as those aimed at your average bank account, would end up with a 9 GB dump of documents on Pastebin? And the same "low level" phishers would of course activate recently created Twitter bots to spread the topic all over the place? (h/t Mediapart). At this point, even the presence of Cyrillic meta data among some of the "leaked" documents seems almost anecdotal (many criminal operations at the source of phishing attacks are based in eastern Europe, so it doesn't prove anything).

There are a few intelligence operations in the world with technological capacities way above your average hacker: according to B.Schneier, the Russian side seems to have taken the lead.

by Bernard on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 11:18:52 AM EST
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