Whoever was behind the hacking of the now French president is a topic that will likely be pondered over for years.

However, the techniques used to deter the hackers were not something new. Creating false data and accounts purely for the purposes of confusing and stalling the hackers was an easy and cheap technique to thwart the attacks.

Similar to how honeypots are used to draw would-be-attackers away from live systems and spend their time targeting dummy systems.