[LINK] France computer attack from China
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Mon Mar 7 21:28:44 AEDT 2011
"French government comes under cyber attack
March 7, 2011 - 9:14PM
The French finance ministry has shut down 10,000
computers after a "spectacular" cyber attack from
hackers using Internet addresses in China, officials and reports said Monday.
The hackers were hunting for documents relating
to the Group of 20 (G20) developed and developing
nations, which this year is led by France, said
Budget Minister Francois Baron, adding that a
probe was under way into the attacks.
"We have leads," Baroin told Europe 1 radio,
saying that what he called a "spectacular" attack
was "probably the first time" that the French
government's computer system had been hit on this scale.
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President Nicolas Sarkozy is determined his G20
legacy will be the reform of the world financial
and trade system, in order to iron out the
imbalances that led to the recent global economic crisis.
In order to win emerging nations' backing for his
market and exchange rate regulation plans, he has
put development aid and a world tax on financial
transactions at the heart of his ambitious programme.
The attacks on the French finance ministry, which
took place in December, forced the ministry to
"significantly strengthen its security systems,"
said Dominique Lamiot, secretary general of the finance and budget ministries.
Paris-Match magazine said Monday the finance
ministry had come under sustained cyber attack since December.
A senior official who declined to be named told
the magazine's website that pirated documents had
been redirected to Chinese Internet addresses.
Lamiot said around 100 computers in the
ministry's central services division had been
"compromised" in the attacks but individuals had
not been targeted by the hackers.
"A maintenance operation (at the weekend) has led
to 10,000 computers being taken off line out of
the 170,000 which the ministry runs," he said,
adding they should be back online later Monday.
He said hackers were interested in "international
matters" rather than domestic documents.
Patrick Pailloux, director general of the French
National Agency for Information Technology
Security, told Paris-Match that the hackers were
after "documents related to the French presidency
of the G20 and to international economic affairs."
"The actors were determined professionals and
organised. It is the first attack of this size
and scale against the French state," he added.
The ministry has filed an official complaint with
the French courts and the French secret service has taken up the case.
The G20, whose members account for 85 percent of
total world output, became the top global forum
in the wake of the 2008 crisis. France will head
the group until November, when Mexico is due to take over.
The G20 countries last month reached agreement on
a series of economic indicators to measure
imbalances within and between countries, with the
goal of helping nations avoid a repeat of the
problems at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis.
© 2011 AFP"
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