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Mission French Finance Ministry: Cyber Attack

In a cyber attack targeted towards attacking the French finance ministry, files on the G20 summit held in Paris in February 2011 was infiltrated, reports bbc.co on March 7, 2011.

The spyware attack took a thrall of 150 computers during the spyware attack, which was introduced through email attachment facilitated by the pirated email addresses. According to Patrick Pailloux, the head of national IT security agency ANSII (France), this was the first cyber attack targeting the French state, reports connexionfrance on March 07, 2011.

Paris Match even mentioned "sources close to the affair", that several documents related to the G20 Summit, held for discussing significant world economy had been imitated. A senior official with the finance ministry even acclaimed Paris-Match magazine of specific information being posted in the Chinese sites, reports Connexionfrance on March 07, 2011.

Furthermore, the event agitated the US and triggered them in accusing China after it acquired trillions of dollars in foreign reserves in order to bring down the value of Yuan and gain an unjust advantage in trade, reports bbc on March 07, 2011.

In another event, even the Canadian Government was targeted by unintentional cyber attack from China-based computers in February 2011, which infiltrated two major economic ministries. According to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, it seemed that cyber crooks had somehow managed to take over the computers of senior government officials with the mission of cracking passwords that conceal the entire data of the government. Even the detection of an unrecognized attempt was to access the computer networks of the ministry was revealed.

Google Inc, the leader of search engine optimization threatened to quit China's market amidst the legacy of hacking and censorship. The Wall Street Journal reported contravention of China-based cyber spies in the Joint Strike Fighter project of the Pentagon in 2009.

As an emergency measure, Francois Baroin, the Budget Minister of France, asserted about the reinforcement of preventive measures taken up by upon the computer system of the ministry. In this mission, France's military counter-espionage unit is leading the investigation, reports Wall Street Journal on March 7, 2011.

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