[ISN] Bank hackers steal from Sarkozy

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 02:16:05 -0500 (CDT)

By Lizzy Davies in Paris
The Guardian
October 20 2008

The French government was forced to admit that no one was safe from 
internet fraud yesterday after it emerged that thieves had managed to 
hack into President Nicolas Sarkozy's personal bank account and siphon 
off cash.

The unknown hackers removed several small sums of money from the account 
after obtaining Sarkozy's online access codes. An inquiry was launched 
after the president noticed the transactions and complained to the 
police, said a government spokesman.

"The swindlers will be punished," Luc Chatel, secretary of state for 
consumer affairs, told French radio. He said more work needed to be done 
to tighten internet banking security in France, which, according to the 
national crime agency, has seen a 9% rise in offences this year.

"[This] proves the system of internet checking [of bank accounts] is not 
infallible," Chatel said. "These cases are sufficiently rare that we 
haven't had to really organise ourselves, but [they are] sufficiently 
serious for us to reflect on how to improve the system."

Breaking the news of the thefts yesterday, the Journal du Dimanche 
newspaper said the architects of the "presidential piracy" did not 
appear to be amateurs.

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