As the French presidential race came into full swing,
trouble started brewing for the far-right. Police reports state
that a hacker made way into sensitive data stored in the National Front party headquarters’
database. The headquarters is the base for the presidential
candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen. The stolen information included a list of the
candidate's backers needed to run for office.
The motive behind the electronic theft is believed to be an act to keep Le Pen
out of the presidential race. Le Pen, after placing second in the 2002
elections, needs 500 backers in order to run in the current race. He
fears that his opponents may be trying to steal the list of potential and
already acquired backers in order to persuade them not to sign on or to reverse
La Pen has asked police to open the investigation after suspecting that a mole
may have leaked the names already, according to Reuters.
The hacker accessed the information using an internet site that specialized in
breaking access codes. The news came in a week after the Socialist party
reported to police that there had been several burglaries of the party's
The investigation is still underway as La Pen is struggling to gain the 100
more backers by March 16, which he is required to have in order to run.