French accuse U.S. of hacking former president Sarkozy's PCs

French accuse U.S. of hacking former president Sarkozy's PCs
The French cyber-warfare agency has accused the U.S. of hacking into former president Nicolas Sarkozy's PCs.

Computers of the president and close advisers including the Chief of Staff Musca were compromised in May by a virus that the agency claims is similar to the "Flame" virus that took down Iran's nuclear centrifuges.

Supposedly, the hacking took place just days before the presidential elections in which Sarkozy lost to socialist newcomer Francois Hollande.

President Obama's administration denied the allegations: "We categorically deny the allegations by unnamed sources that the U.S. government participated in a cyberattack against the French government. France is one of our strongest allies.

"Our outstanding cooperation in intelligence sharing, law enforcement and cyber defense has never been stronger, and remains essential in successfully combating the common threat of extremism."

Another official called the accusation "preposterous."

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Nov 2012 0:12
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  • blueboy09

    Another reason why France does not like us. They think we take things a little too seriously when it comes to our bodies and relationships, but I actually agree with what France is saying here: Leave us alone please! We did nothing to you, so why do something to us?

    Chance prepares the favored mind. Look up once in a while and you might learn something. - BLUEBOY

    22.11.2012 11:56 #1

  • KillerBug

    Quote:We categorically deny the allegations ...sounds like a confirmation to me.

    22.11.2012 21:35 #2

  • LordRuss

    I can see how a majority of the French people & a huge block of the governing branch don't want a socialist in control of the country, but having 'sour grapes' over the situation to the point of blaming another country in such a blatant manor is quite outstanding.

    I mean, Iran does now have the virus in their hands... Seeing as they were the ones dealt the thing to kill the centrifuges. I'm sure it wouldn't take but a few steps to filter into another system along the way.

    It's just like France to fly off the handle with inflammatory statements & then later have someone else solve their little mystery , only for them to turn their noses up & refuse to apologize for their initial comments.

    Like an indignant brother, we love them anyway.

    26.11.2012 10:29 #3

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