(PARIS) – French news magazine L’Express has accused the U.S. government of hacking into the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy using a sophisticated malware called Flame.
According to L’Express, a cyber war agency had discovered the malware in the computers several months ago at the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President.
The U.S. embassy in Paris has denied that the country had taken part in any hacking activities. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Napolitano did not confirm or deny the allegations, and said that the United States had an important alliance with France.
L’Express states that Flame had probably infiltrated the computers via Facebook. It was discovered not long after the second round of votes in the French presidential elections in May, and the process of eradicating the worm took three days.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN