‘Hacking’ report refuted


Published — Thursday 22 November 2012

Last update 22 November 2012 2:32 am

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PARIS: The US Embassy in Paris is "categorically refuting" claims in a French magazine report that the US government was behind a hacking attack against computers in the French presidency earlier this year.
The French government also dismissed the report in L'Express magazine.
The report says an attacker in May masquerading as a "false friend" of a presidential palace employee on Facebook duped the employee into giving up an internal passcode, then spread a worm on Elysee Palace computers — including one used by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy's chief-of-staff.

L'Express said the malicious code left a trail. The magazine said several unidentified sources pointed to "France's oldest ally: The United States" as the culprit.
The US Embassy countered yesterday that the report was not based on "proven facts."

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