July 27, 2017
More evil from the most evil of all states: Russia.
Russia used fake Facebook accounts to try to access personal data on associates of candidate Emmanuel Macron during France’s 2017 presidential election, a report says.
Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported a total of 12 bogus Facebook accounts were created, in the names of friends of members of the Macron camp, in a bid to spy on the election’s eventual winner, the report said.
Reuters said it received the information from an unnamed U.S. congressman and two other people who were briefed on the matter.
Although Russia has continued to deny allegations of election meddling, U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed Russia’s involvement in a May conversation with Reuters. However, those intelligence officials could not verify that the Kremlin was behind the hacking.
Wait wait wait wait wait.
They couldn’t confirm that Russia was behind the hacking?
But I thought that was an absolute fact?
Ah well. We know they bashed the gays and whipped Pussy Riot. Also they bombed ISIS. And something or other about the Ukraine and democracy or whatever.
They’re pure evil.
Facebook employees became aware of spying during the first round of the French election, and the social networking company confirmed to Reuters the presence of bogus accounts in France that were subsequently deactivated and deleted. It is not believed the hackers were able to give away any personal information or download malicious software.
However, Macron campaign officials had content of their emails leaked online in the final days of the runoff portion of the election.
A unit of the Russian intelligence agency GRU — the same group believed to be behind U.S. election meddling — is believed responsible for the effort targeting Macron’s campaign, Reuters reported.
Granted, it isn’t illegal to make fake Facebook accounts. It isn’t even abnormal. In fact, it probably didn’t actually even happen.
But don’t let that dissuade you from the belief that Russia is pure evil.
And get this – Macron’s negative rating has risen 15 points in just a month.
Emmanuel Macron’s popularity dropped in July to the lowest rating for a French president two months into his term, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, in a sign that controversy over spending cuts and tax reform are taking a toll. Forty-two percent of those surveyed by Ipsos pollsters have a positive view of Macron’s action as president and as many have a negative view. Positive ratings were down 3 points from last month and negative ones up 15 points, with more people than in June having an opinion.
I wonder how the Russians accomplished that one?
If I had to guess, it was KGB hacking.