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Did the US hack Sarkozy?

posted at 11:25 am on November 21, 2012 by

This has the potential for embarrassment:

A French news magazine has accused the US government of hacking into the office of Nicolas Sarkozy in the final weeks of his presidency of France.

L’Express said a cyber war agency whose job it is to detect and prevent hacking had found a “powerful worm” in the computers of the Elysee Palace.

The palace has since confirmed a big cyber attack did take place.

The US embassy in Paris “categorically denied” the US had been involved in any cyber attack on the French government.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, for her part, refused to confirm or deny the allegation, telling L’Express the US had no more important partner nor greater ally than France.

If so, the penetration may have been incidental.  According to the BBC, the French may have picked it up from Facebook, where the worm may have migrated after being in use in Iran and Israel since mid-2010.  That’s the problem with cyberwarfare — it won’t stay limited for long, and the propagation of viruses leaves plenty of room for diplomatic scrapes with allies as well as antagonists.

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Obama was trying to find pictures of Sarkozy’s wife.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Obama was trying to find pictures of Sarkozy’s wife.

portlandon

More likely he was trying to find pictures of Sarkozy.

xblade on November 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Lance Armstrong’s old enemy became the head of the USADA shortly after Hollande’s election in France. Just putting that out there….

Sekhmet on November 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

“the US had no more important partner nor greater ally than France.”

What?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

How about the hacking story that actually harms US citizens? Nikki Haley is a favorite in these parts.

I wonder if this will change that. It seems to me to be the biggest FAIL by a red-state Gov in some time.

Capitalist Hog on November 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

It seems to me to be the biggest FAIL by a red-state Gov in some time.

Capitalist Hog on November 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Meh, CH convenieintly fails to recall the dozens of ‘actual’ fail by the Boy King, that “harm US citizens”.

Just the latest post showing symptoms of dementia.

socalcon on November 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM