US rejects report of hacking at French presidency

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2012 8:15 AM

PARIS (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Paris is "categorically refuting" claims in a French magazine report that the U.S. 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.

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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 U.S. Embassy countered Wednesday that the report was not based on "proven facts."