Click to enlarge. Image Source: 4chan via Twitter.
Hackers have opened the e-mail account or accounts of the favoured French electoral candidate, Emmanuel Macron, and dumped 9 gigabytes of the contents online, current up to 24 April 2017. BBC:
The NYT, which is firmly anti-Le Pen, reported that Le Pen's campaign also faced regular (unsuccessful) hacks during the campaign. Some people on Twitter think the hack is Russian; some think the hackers were American. Some think the hack is fake. Liberals think it is anti-democratic and Russian or neo-Nazi-sourced."The campaign said that genuine files were mixed up with fake ones in order to confuse people. ...About nine gigabytes of data were posted online by an anonymous user.The details are unclear so far, but Mr Macron's En Marche movement said internal campaign documents, including emails and financial data, had been taken in an 'act of massive, co-ordinated hacking'.'The leaked files were obtained several weeks ago by hacking personal and professional email accounts of several officials of the movement,' it said in a statement.The campaign said the documents showed only legitimate campaign activities.France's election authorities have warned media outlets against reporting on the contents of the leaked documents because of the restrictions now in place. ...That too remains unclear. The Macron camp has not blamed any specific party but said the hack clearly aimed to damage it and undermine French democracy[.]It compared it to the leak of Democratic Party emails in last year's US presidential election that was blamed on Russian hackers.Wikileaks, which published those emails, posted a link to the Macron documents on Twitter but implied it was not responsible."
The alt-right are rejoicing - or some of them are. The more sober ones are considering all the French laws that have been broken by a random dump which has revealed sensitive national information; they are speculating when 4chan will be shut down and - who among them will be arrested. If these tweets among the alt-right are correct, then this 4chan hack was US-sourced from the alt-right. But this is unsubstantiated Twitter gossip, which may in itself be disinformation. It is certain that 4chan and its users will be investigated.
Thats beyond the point here who ever did this exposed troops names and logistics.— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
Its bigger then you can imagine
What if it was our troops https://t.co/jVV7e8R4k3
Bingo they just dumped it all like christmas without any care.— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
This is why WIKILEAKS is number one in dumping.
They have lawyers for it. https://t.co/54ySTsT5bd
All depends what the French want to do they have different laws I'm sure a team is on the way from Paris as we speak— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
French laws were broken https://t.co/5bi6SYt1MM
LMAO NSA is gobbling 4CHAN right now Bail off that site ! https://t.co/ueUPzF5h9f— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
Watch I seen this game before 4chan is done the owner will pay the price and go broke or fold...... https://t.co/7XaiBo1WvD— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
Hey @ThomasWictor @TrickFreee @Thomas1774Paine @HouseCracka— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
How to wreck your life in a tweet. pic.twitter.com/EPq2YkHxst
The moment he said I heard he connected himself to the hack take it any way you want I know for a fact he is screwed.— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
Cernovich has gone into hiding changed his BIO and all— 0 HOUR 1 (@TrumpSupportGuy) May 6, 2017
They know they are super duper Screwed!
IS ON VACATION maybe mexico by morning. pic.twitter.com/OQRMy6YcdX
My next post will begin to consider how meme campaigns work, and I will touch in that regard on the work of Mike Cernovich, mentioned in the above tweet. For now, see below: the hack is now the foundation for an American alt-right meme war meant to sway the French election in Marine Le Pen's favour.
Memes notwithstanding, others think there is nothing to see in the documents. WikiLeaks assessed the hack when it appeared on 4chan (here) and Assange claims it is genuine. This is the original leak, archived here, and re-circulated:
The official and MSM response was that journalists should not report on this information, since it could influence the 7 May 2017 election and the source of the hack is unknown. The leak is being discussed on Twitter here. Below is a selection of tweets from the general conversation. In line with the speculation above about an American hacking source, the comments are almost all in English, which is perhaps the most telling detail."Are you ready /pol/?In this pastebin are links to torrents of emails between Macron, his team and other officials, politicians as well as original documents and photosThis was passed on to me today so now I am giving it to you, the people. The leak is massive and released in the hopes that the human search engine here will be able to start sifting through the contents and figure out exactly what we have here.inb4 fake news this was verified by people at THOTCON"
@TrumpSupportGuy The French don't even have a base on /pol except for canucks. They are still scrambling 4 translators 2 help dig thru the documents.— Sean Fisher (@SeanF1967) May 6, 2017
Here is the complete decrypted Macron file list & files. Anyone need anything? Just ask! I am Canadian. we love to share. #MacronLeaks pic.twitter.com/dznUswHPkI— Naughty Beaver (@BeaverNaughty) May 6, 2017
Russia has declared war on the West.— EnlightenmentLiberal (@Atticus_Amber) May 6, 2017
Putin must be destroyed.
The West must unite against Russia.#MacronLeaks https://t.co/dxCb5G3fD0
Globalist want war with Russia to cover up illegal cash, pedophia rings, drugs, arms deals and pipelines. #MacronLeaks #ArrestSoros https://t.co/5RRsWXVwvp— TrollArmy (@MegaPajamaBoy) May 6, 2017
Not super-thrilled by #Macronleaks, tbh. I already knew he was a tax-evading coke fiend. Where are the Russian prostitutes?— Jen (@Jen_Dodgson) May 6, 2017
Politicians seek our trust, they should welcome our scrutiny. Reading authentic documents about them is not wrong #MacronLeaks @wikileaks pic.twitter.com/fG629fq0Li— Top of the Times (@TopOfTheTimes) May 6, 2017
It's NOT "leaks" when false, forged, edited information is planted in "leaked" documents. IT'S PSY-OPS WAR. #MacronLeaks #Wikileaks #Russia— Anne📎🌴 (@relevanne) May 6, 2017
It's weird that opponents of far-right candidates keep having these information security problems. Makes you wonder. pic.twitter.com/NI7acTCoAU— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 5, 2017
The hack includes banking and other financial information. Image Source: 4chan via Engineering Evil.
The Gemplus main folder in the Macron hack. Click to enlarge. Image Source: 4chan and Twitter and here. See also the whole folder here.
There is a Saudi Arabia file in the dump. Click to enlarge. Image Source: 4chan via Twitter.
UPDATE: Macron campaign says it has been the victim of a massive, coordinated hacking operation. https://t.co/dZ210WM8aZ pic.twitter.com/z4ahmtDsCV— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 5, 2017
We have not yet discovered fakes in #MacronLeaks & we are very skeptical that the Macron campaign is faster than us https://t.co/jX7GPTW9uC— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 5, 2017
#MacronLeaks archives are now available as uncensorable magnet links https://t.co/woLR5BOhrr@WikiLeaks is still assessing content.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 6, 2017
Recommandation aux médias suite à l'attaque informatique dont a été victime l'équipe de campagne de @EmmanuelMacron pic.twitter.com/LaLA1hgXYk— CNCCEP (@cnccep) May 5, 2017