French Cybersecurity Agency to Investigate Hack Against Emmanuel Macron

Army soldiers patrol near Trocadero plaza with the Eiffel Tower in the background in Paris, France, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Voting for France’s next president starts in overseas territories and French embassies abroad, as a blackout on campaigning descends so that voters can reflect on whether to entrust their country’s future to independent Emmanuel Macron or far-right populist Marine Le Pen. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A French government official says the state cybersecurity agency will investigate a hacking attack targeting presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

The official said the Macron team asked the campaign oversight commission Saturday to bring in cybersecurity agency ANSSI to study the hack. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the details publicly.

ANSSI can only be called in for cases where the cyberattack is “massive and sophisticated,” the official said. The Macron hack seems to fit the bill, because ANSSI will investigate, the official said.

Macron’s political movement would not comment on the probe, since this is during the nationwide campaigning blackout period on Saturday and Sunday.

Source: Associated Press