PARIS (AP) - Hackers infiltrated French government computers in search of information about France’s leadership of the Group of 20 leading economies, the country’s budget minister said Monday.
The head of France’s network security agency said it was the biggest-ever hacker attack against the government.
Other attempts to hack computers at the presidential palace, the Foreign Ministry and other ministries with information about the G-20 failed, according to the National Security Agency for Information Systems.
Those behind the attacks were after information about French financial and economic policies, said Budget Minister Francois Baroin.
Network security agency chief Patrick Pailloux said “sensitive” information had been obtained in the attacks which probably began in November-December, carried out by “a number of professional, determined and persistent hackers.”
Speaking on radio station France-Info, Pailloux said it was not the first time government computers had been attacked, but that “it’s the first time that it has reached such proportions.”