François-Henri Pinault, head of the luxury goods group PPR, and his actress wife had an unwelcome guest in their Paris apartment over the weekend.

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Mystery intruder in Salma Hayek’s Paris home

François-Henri Pinault, head of the luxury goods group PPR, and his actress wife had an unwelcome guest in their Paris apartment over the weekend.

The incident occurred at around 3am on Saturday morning while Pinault was asleep. Salma Hayek was not there as she is currently in California with the couple’s daughter.

According to Le Parisien, Pinault heard the sound of a door being opened and got up to find out who was in the building. He called out to ask who was there and caught sight of torchlight being pointed towards the floor. Calling out again disturbed the intruder who fled down the stairs and ran out the front door.

 

The newspaper reported that Pinault told police nothing was stolen by the intruder. He also said he doubted this was a “simple thief”. 

 

A police source quoted by Le Parisien said “the victim said he had put some bank cards and his laptop in the entrance hall and everything was still there. Nor had the person touched the impressive collection of luxury watches.” According to police, Pinault himself had suggested it could be an “over curious fan”.

 

Police also said that Pinault thought whoever entered the apartment knew it very well and had moved around with ease.

 

A further theory is that the intrusion could have been industrial espionage. 49-year old Pinault runs the PPR group which owns a series of luxury brands and well-known companies, including Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and the French music, TV and electrical chain Fnac.

 

Police said that Pinault confirmed various offices of the company in Paris have been recent targets of break-ins. He added that the company is currently involved in various sensitive deals yet confidential documents in a briefcase in the entrance hall had not been touched.

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Hackers post French hospital patient data online

Hackers who crippled a French hospital and stole a trove of data last month have released personal records of patients online, officials have confirmed.

Hackers post French hospital patient data online

The cyberattackers demanded a multimillion dollar ransom from the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital near Paris a month ago, but the institution refused to pay.

The hospital said the hackers had now dumped medical scans and lab analyses along with the social security numbers of patients.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the unspeakable disclosure of hacked data,” health minister Fran├žois Braun tweeted on Sunday.

Hospitals around the world have been facing increasing attacks from ransomware groups, particularly since the pandemic stretched resources to breaking point.

The problem has been acute in France, where officials estimated early last year that healthcare institutions were facing on average an attack every week.

President Emmanuel Macron last year called the attacks during the pandemic a “crisis within a crisis” and announced an extra one billion euros for cybersecurity.

During last month’s attack, the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital shut down its emergency services and sent many patients to other institutions.

At one point, officials said the only technology still working was the telephone.

Rather than selling the trove of data, the hacker has dumped at least some of it for download on the “dark web” — a hidden part of the internet that requires special software to access.

Analysts said it seemed to be a tactic to put pressure on the hospital, even though public institutions are banned by French law from paying ransoms.

Cybersecurity researcher Damien Bancal, who revealed the leak and has seen the files, told AFP the worry is that other criminals will now launch scams with the data that has already been divulged.

In response to the leak on the weekend, the hospital severely restricted access to its systems and told patients to be extremely vigilant when receiving emails, text messages or phone calls.

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