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Is Russia to blame for the Macron leaks?

N.S.A says Russia hacked French election

There is not enough proof to blame Russia

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NSA director Michael Rogers has stated that Moscow is at least in part responsible for the hacking and leaking of Macron’s campaign emails, according to Andy Greenberg of Wired. He writes that the NSA had warned French security officials that there had been Russian hacking attempts. A hacking offensive was perpetrated by the same Russian group that hacked the US election, suggests Greenberg. Additionally, some of the Macron leak’s metadata included Cyrillic letters, insinuating that it was done on Russian computers, infers Greenberg. In his view, the evidence points to Russia trying to change the result of the French election.

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It is too early to accuse the Russian government of having tried to influence the outcome of France's election, argues Thomas Fox-Brewster of Forbes. He highlights that the cybersecurity intelligence companies that were able to connect the hacking of the DNC to a Russian agency have yet to do so regarding the Macron leaks. Fox-Brewster believes that there is currently no evidence that conclusively pins the hacking on Russia, only suggestions that this may have been the case. Cyrillic characters being found within the leaks’ metadata proves nothing as they may have been put there by another party to put the blame on Russia, asserts Fox-Brewster.

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