Did the US hack Sarkozy?
posted at 11:25 am on November 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
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.