'Massive' Hack Alleged 2 Days Before French Election

Macron's team says they've been hacked
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2017 5:49 PM CDT
Macron's Team Says It Suffered 'Massive' Hack
French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron shakes hands to supporters as he campaigns in Rodez, southern France, Friday, May 5, 2017.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the victim of a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack, the AP reports. His campaign said in a statement late Friday night that some campaign emails and financial documents were hacked a few weeks ago and are now being circulated on social media, but that they have been mixed with false documents. It said whoever is behind the leaked documents is trying to "seed doubt and disinformation" and destabilize Sunday's presidential runoff, comparing it to emails leaked from Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign. Macron is the poll favorite going into Sunday's election against far-right leader Marine Le Pen. (More Emmanuel Macron stories.)

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