US Accused Of Hacking Sarkozy Government By French Magazine


Adam Taylor. BUSINESS INSIDER|Nov. 21, 2012

A French magazine has published allegations that the team of Nicolas  Sarkozy were the target of a US-born cyber espionage operation, just before  this year’s French election which Sarkozy went on to lose.

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L’Express  writes  that several members of Sarkozy’s team were targeted by a virus that  bore a strong similarity to Flame, the  virus uncovered earlier this year that many believe to have been a joint  US-Israeli effort. The virus reached the officials in May when a ‘false  friend” of a Elysee Palace employee on Facebook  tricked the employee into giving up an internal passcode, then spread a worm on  the official network

Several unnamed French sources told the magazine that they firmly believe the  US was behind the attack.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet  Napolitano was interviewed by the magazine and did not respond directly when  asked about the virus, the magazine reports, instead stating “We have no greater  partner than France, we have no greater ally than France.”

Since the publication of the article, however, the U.S. Embassy in Paris has  been “categorically refuting” the story, according  to the AP. Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler gave  a statement to the Hill  that also denied the allegations, saying, “We  categorically deny the allegations by unnamed sources that the U.S. government  participated in a cyber attack against the French government.”

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/us-accused-of-hacking-sarkozy-2012-11#ixzz2DBpYxGrU

 

 

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