Popular French magazine L' Express has reported that American officials had discharged a malware into the French defence intelligence office computers to access confidential information.
As reported by a French news magazine, the U.S had sneaked into the French intelligence offices earlier this year. According to them, the immensely secured French president office was attacked by a computer malware known as the Flame. It was discharged into the computer systems in order to access confidential information about Iran's nuclear program. The hacking was jointly attempt by U.S and Israel defence intelligence offices. While the French government has still not released a statement, U.S has denied the any such allegations.
The newspaper L’Express had published a story and claimed that between April 22 and May 6 earlier this year, the office of then president were attacked by Flame. However the attack was timely taken care off, by the French authorities.
The newspaper breathlessly reported, “secret notes recovered from hard drives, and also strategic plans” taken from computers belonging to Sarkozy staff, including his Secretary-General Xavier Musca. “Hackers have not only managed to get to the heart of French political power,but they were able to search the computers of close advisers of Nicolas Sarkozy.”
Although the reporting has created ripples throughout the country, cynics have condemned the report arguing that the dates of hack coincide with those of the presidential elections; April 22 was the first round of voting, and May 6 was the date for a run-off election that put Sarkozy out of power, replaced by Francois Hollande.
The American Department of Homeland Security defended in an email as " he allegations by unnamed sources that the U.S. government participated in a cyber attack against the French government are baseless and unsubstantial ".
Further adding “France is one of our strongest allies. Our outstanding cooperation in intelligence sharing, law enforcement and cyber defence has never been stronger, and remains essential in successfully combating the common threat of extremism.”