French presidential frontrunner’s campaign hit by phishing attempts from Russia-linked hackers

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron has qualified for next month’s runoff election, but a Russian government-linked group seems to eager to slow down the campaign’s progress.

The group created phishing domains related to the campaign

According to research from cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, members of the hacking team known as Fancy Bear — called Pawn Storm by the report’s author — created phishing domains related to the Macron campaign, such as “,” plausibly similar to En Marche!, Macron’s political party. The domains were spotted by the researchers as they were created by the group, which likely used them in an attempt to steal credentials and hack the Macron campaign.

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Trump wants a mission to Mars in 7 years — which might be impossible

President Trump today called American astronauts on the International Space Station — and told them he wants humans on Mars by his second term “at worst.” For the most part, the call was amiable and optimistic, with Trump praising the astronauts — Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer — for their accomplishments. But there was an odd moment during the discussion of Mars, where the astronauts had to explain President Trump’s own bill to him: Trump: Tell me … Mars: what do you see a timing for actually sending humans to Mars? Is there a schedule, and when would you see that…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smash pre-order record set by Galaxy S7

With all the positive reviews, including TechRadar’s own, it might come as no surprise that Samsung would see a surge in customer interest for its latest phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Turns out, that’s exactly what’s happened as Samsung has announced pre-orders for the S8 and S8 Plus have eclipsed those for the Galaxy S7 by more than 30%.

The Galaxy S7 had held the company’s pre-order record, but now that crown has been passed to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, “making it our best ever,” Samsung said. The company did not break out specific pre-order numbers or say whether one phone is performing better than the other.

A shot at redemption

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus pre-orders opened on March 30, one day after the new devices were officially unveiled. The phones went on sale on April 21 in the US, and will follow elsewhere, including the UK, on April 28.

Though the devices aren’t perfect – including launching without Bixby assistant voice support – Samsung appears to be on its way to rebounding after the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch.

After Note 7s started catching fire, Samsung issued two recalls and eventually halted production and sales of the explosion-prone phone. After several public apologies and outlining a new safety review process, Samsung turned to the S8 and S8 Plus to regain some of its luster as the top Android phone maker.

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