Chinese cyber attacks hit Elysée Palace: report

Two cyber attacks have hit the presidential Elysée Palace in the last couple of months, daily Le Télégramme reports. Officials suspect the attacks originated in China. 

The Elysée Palace faced a massive cyber attack just before François Hollande came to power in May. According to Le Télégramme, the attacks were so serious that computer experts had to rebuild the palace’s IT systems from scratch. 

Officials did not reveal the attacks to the press but spent three days fixing the Elysée systems. The main attack took place between the second round of the presidential elections and Hollande’s swearing-in.

Anonymous sources quoted by newspaper 20 Minutes confirm that the Elysée Palace was attacked once in 2012.

French Senator Jean-Marie Bockel, who is about to publish a report on cyber security, says France is vulnerable.

“Coordination between the different ministries must be improved and the systems used are too open,” he says.

Le Télégramme reports that the cyber-attacks came from China.

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