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Hackers Target French Government Computers For G20 47

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the we-meant-to-do-that dept.
An anonymous reader wrote in to say that "IT staff spent the weekend in a massive cleaning effort to remove traces of a 'spectacular' attack on computers at Bercy, the head office of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, a government minister said Monday."
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Hackers Target French Government Computers For G20

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 07, 2011 @11:55AM (#35407136)
    France surrenders
  • by Anonymous Coward

    IT staff spent the weekend in a massive cleaning to remove traces of 'spectacular' attack on computer at Bercy, headoffice of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry Ministry, a government minister said Monday."

    I think I see the problem. Too many ministers, not enough IT people.

  • French Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry Ministry.
    What are we going to do with all of these ministries? Are IT staff going to spend the weekend in a massive cleaning to remove traces of 'spectacular' redundancy, too?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by BisexualPuppy (914772)
      "French Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry Ministry.
      What are we going to do with all of these ministries? Are IT staff going to spend the weekend in a massive cleaning to remove traces of 'spectacular' redundancy, too?"


      My preferred one is :
      "Secretaire d'Etat aupres de la ministre de l'Economie, des Finances et de l'Industrie, charge du Commerce, de l'Artisanat, des Petites et Moyennes entreprises, du Tourism
    • by canajin56 (660655)
      "All of these ministries"? I only see one named. Sure, you copy & pasted it 3.25 times, but it's the same name each time.
      • Not quite—when the article was posted, we had the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry Ministry. Standard complaints about breathtaking Slashdot editing. It was also originally "evidence of 'spectacular' attack", not "evidence of a 'spectacular attack".
        But feel free to retro-nitpick as if it makes sense!
  • This begs the question of why these systems were connected to the internet directly in the first place. "cyber" attacks like this aren't effective if there's no way to make a connection back to the outside world. In laymen's terms (and horribly abusing grammar in the process) -- bring the internet home, but don't trust him alone with the wine!
    • by mlts (1038732) *

      The answer is more of the opposite -- how can one not be connected. Yes, VPNs might be an answer, but all it takes is for one blackhat to compromise some suit's laptop with an evil maid attack, and they can easily bypass that.

      It would be ideal if we had backbones similar to NIPRnet and SIPRnet, but pretty much you either completely air gap and deal with the consequences of having no connectivity, or you bring everything online and hope your firewall/IDS/IPS/host security is up to snuff.

      The best one can rea

  • by e70838 (976799) on Monday March 07, 2011 @12:34PM (#35407738)
    I am always very disappointed by the level of IT illiteracy of our political class (ministers, deputy, president, ...).
    They all know the minimum needed to use blogs and social networks for propaganda, and this gives them the illusion that they understand enough to legiferate about all the problems of internet.
    All the french political discourse about internet contain so many mistakes (except when it comes to lobby support), that the conclusions are always illogival and incoherent.
    When the bigger problem is in front of the screen, anything becomes an easy target for hackers.
    For me, the main problem is not the attack, but the effect it will have on their poor understanding of internet ?
    When will they learn something or get more stupid certitudes ?
    • by mtremsal (1554627)

      Actually they have a very good understanding of what happened in this case.
      It's nothing spectacular.
      In the past some serious leaks and attacks happened with pretty much nobody paying attention.
      This here is a publicity stunt of an old hack by the ANSI (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité Informatique - National Agency for IT Security) saying :
      - Since we now have more important prerogatives (very recent change) this kind of attack won't happen again
      - Also, we need more money
      - And, that will teach you ab

  • Most like what *really* happened was that a default or weak password was left in place. That, and the servers weren't patched with security updates. By claiming "Spectacular", it makes it sound like their IT group wasn't so incompetent and that it could have happened to anyone. Ya well, well just have to see as the story continues to unfold, if at all.

  • Why the hell are they attacking a damn grocery store? Granted the whole supremarché idea is subversive to French culture, but still, why not pick on Franprix? Is G20 more evil in some way that escapes me? Granted their bread and cheese suck, but they have an excellent selection of € 2.00 wines.
  • Why does it have, in small text just under the title "ADDED JAN 6, 2010, UNDER: TECH NEWS". Has this actually been scraped from somewhere else and only just been put up on that site?
  • Just wondering if these were mac, solaris, linux or windows servers that were cracked. Anyone know?

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