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French gov't gives more details of hack: 150 PCs compromised

Peter Sayer | March 8, 2011
The French National IT Systems Security Agency released further details of the recent attack on French government computers, saying they were targeted by cyberspies.

"What was targeted, it seems, was the organization of the G20 as, so it seems, happened during the organization of the previous G20," Baroin said.

The G20, or Group of 20, meetings brings together the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries and the European Union. In addition to the E.U., the G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S.

In October, news reports claimed that the G20 conference in Seoul was targeted by North Korean hackers.

The latest incident, Baroin said, shows that companies are not the only targets of economic espionage: It can also happen to states.

"This is just one more incident, a confirmation that we, too, need to protect our IT systems," he said.


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