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Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left ‘digtal fingerprints’ pointing back to Russian involvement

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A specialist in cybersecurity told the Wall Street Journal that digital fingerprints left behind by a hacker on emails and documents belonging to new French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party show ties to the Kremlin.

According to Selahaddin Karatas, CEO of the San Francisco-based cybersecurity company SAASPASS, a deep look into caches of hacked records shows evidence that an employee who once worked with Russian internet firm Evrika was involved.

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Karatas noted that the man, who he did not identify, appeared nine times as the last person to have modified some of the files — although there is a question whether the man still works with the firm.

The security experts said it was unusual for someone with that level of skill to digital fingerprints behind.

“This is a schoolboy error and looks very strange to see it coming from someone who works at a government contractor. Attribution and provenance are hard to pinpoint, and it’s very easy to create fake trails to throw people of from those who may really be working with the data,” Karatas explained.

Karatas went on to note that Evrika does not appear, nor is it mentioned, in the metadata he has seen.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Evrika has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kursk, and the company has previously provided services for  Russia’s Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service, or FSB — Russia’s intelligence service.

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On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied Putin’s government had anything to do with the  hacking of En Marche, saying accusations “mean nothing in and of themselves and are pure slander.”

The hacking of the French party mirrors Russian involvement in accessing computer servers at the Democratic National Committee  prior to the 2016 election, with US intelligence officials believing the Russians attempted to influence the election in favor of now-President Donald Trump.

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‘It’s only $4.99 per month’: Trump urges supporters to sign up for network that went to Ukraine with Giuliani

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President Donald Trump on Friday night urged his 67 million Twitter followers to pay for a monthly subscription to watch Facebook video from a far-right Fox News competitor.

Shortly after 10 p.m. eastern, the commander-in-chief retweeted a solicitation from the One America News network.

[caption id="attachment_1569174" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Screengrab of President Donald Trump's retweet of a One America News solicitation.[/caption]

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Maddow destroys ‘bad faith’ complaints about impeachment from Republican Trump supporters

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Friday blasted "bad faith" arguments from Republicans about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Maddow recounted the process complaints by Republicans -- each of which has disappeared.

"After going through all of that, they now have unveiled a new objection as to why President Trump cannot actually be subject to this impeachment proceeding, a new noble stand they're taking for fairness and the American way -- they have rolled it out with our friends at the Fox News channel," Maddow said.

She played a clip of former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich on Fox News.

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Everyone is baffled by Trump’s rambling rant about flushing toilets ’10 times, 15 times’

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Another day, another truly baffling series of words coming from President Donald Trump’s mouth.

Speaking at a White House meeting on Friday about small business and regulation, Trump went on one of his trademark riffs, touching on a number of subjects with the clarity of a muddy puddle. He seemed to be referring to a series of complaints that have been raised over the years about various consumer product regulations (a favorite topic of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) but without making a coherent point about any of them.

Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like:

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