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French presidential candidate hit by hacker, list of campaign backers stolen

As the French presidential race came into full swing, trouble started brewing for the far-right.   Police reports state that a hacker made way into sensitive data stored in the National Front party headquarters’ database.  The headquarters is the base for the presidential candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen.  The stolen information included a list of the candidate's backers needed to run for office.

The motive behind the electronic theft is believed to be an act to keep Le Pen out of the presidential race.  Le Pen, after placing second in the 2002 elections, needs 500 backers in order to run in the current race.  He fears that his opponents may be trying to steal the list of potential and already acquired backers in order to persuade them not to sign on or to reverse their decisions.

La Pen has asked police to open the investigation after suspecting that a mole may have leaked the names already, according to Reuters

The hacker accessed the information using an internet site that specialized in breaking access codes.  The news came in a week after the Socialist party reported to police that there had been several burglaries of the party's campaign team.

The investigation is still underway as La Pen is struggling to gain the 100 more backers by March 16, which he is required to have in order to run.

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asking for trouble?
By xsilver on 3/9/2007 8:44:33 AM , Rating: 2
putting sensitive data such as this on an open system such as the internet -- ya SUPER SAFE!

and it wasnt even some data that is constantly updated/has a good reason to be on a website.

just hope the nuclear codes cant be activated on some website...
maybe ??? lol

side note: to the hackers; is IP spoofing so easy that it can so easily be bypassed? because I would have thought that to be the most secure first line of defence because of its hardware attachment to the NIC.

RE: asking for trouble?
By Master Kenobi on 3/9/2007 2:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
IP Spoofing is easy as cake... MAC Spoofing isn't too hard either. Come to think of it, neither is Packet Spoofing, as long as you know what your doing with the IP Packets.... Yea, not very safe. Would be better that you encrypt on one end and decrypt on the other end, harder to fake that way.

My Theory
By Suomynona on 3/11/2007 11:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is a story made up by Le Pen as part of his ever going campaign as a victim of the system and to get some media attention.

France sucks
By bhupissaran on 3/13/2007 5:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
Indian citizen

they suck
By ElJefe69 on 3/10/07, Rating: -1
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