It turns out his campaign, like the Democratic National Committee, was the target of Russian hackers, occurring about 36 hours before the national election took place. Thankfully, US intel managed to catch this cyber crime in the act and report it to French officials. Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the NSA, reported the following to the Senate Armed Forces Committee:
“We had become aware of Russian activity. We had talked to our French counterparts and gave them a heads-ups — ‘Look, we’re watching the Russians. We’re seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure. Here’s what we’ve seen. What can we do to try to assist?”
While the French computer security organization, Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (ANSII), has refused to comment on the situation, it is welcoming to see international cooperation against the growing threat of cyber-terrorism, especially as it pertains to the influencing of Democratic elections.