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Report: French officials accuse US of hacking Sarkozy's computers
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:19:31 -0600 (CST)
By Julian Pecquet
The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French
presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency
has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l'Express.
The magazine reported late Tuesday that the computers of several close
advisers to then-president Nicolas Sarkozy – including Chief of Staff
Xavier Musca – were compromised in May by a computer virus that bears
the hallmarks of Flame, which was allegedly created by a U.S.-Israeli
team to target Iran's nuclear program. Anonymous French officials
pointed the finger at the United States.
“You can be on very good terms with a 'friendly' country and still want
to guarantee their unwavering support – especially during a transition
period,” an official told the magazine. The alleged spying attack took
place a few days before the second round of the French presidential
elections, which Sarkozy lost to Francois Hollande, a socialist.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reportedly did not deny the
allegations when asked point-blank about them.
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