‘Russia spied on campaign Macron via fake accounts on Facebook’

‘Russia spied on campaign Macron via fake accounts on Facebook’

Russian intelligence services have tried to make the election campaign of French president Emmanuel Macron to spy via fake accounts on Facebook.

That reports Reuters on Thursday on the basis of sources who are familiar with an inquiry into the case, including an American Congressman.

In april, said Facebook is already the social network is taken action against accounts that nepnieuws spread about the French elections. Antivirusbedrijf Trend Micro claimed, in addition, in april that Russia had tried to make a campaign of Macron to hacking, something the country has since repeatedly has denied.

On Facebook would be Russian agents, according to sources of Reuters have occurred if friends of Macron-employees to make such personal information to absorb.

Fancy Bear

Facebook confirms that there is in France spying accounts are disabled. That are detected by a combination of manual searching and automatic detection software, according to the social network. For the dissemination of misinformation would be a total of about 70.000 French accounts are disabled.

The link with Russia would be implemented via software that earlier was used by the military intelligence service GRU, said the sources. The computer hacker group of this service by security companies are also referred to as a Fancy Bear.

Shortly before the last round of the French election were e-mails from the Macron campaign hacked and posted online. That leak seems to be no large influence to have had on the final outcome, partly because French media is not about the content of the hacked e-mails wrote.

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