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2008 Bank of France Server Breach is Accidental, Court Finds; Deletesec’s Hack into US Chamber of Commerce in France Not So Much

A French correctional court released a man accused of illegally accessing a Bank of France server in 2008, ruling the breach had “no intentional element,” reports Le Nouvel Observateur.

The accused, unemployed at the time of the incident, was trying to keep his expenses down, so he only made phone calls via Skype. Having input a random number, he was asked for an authentication code, according to his lawyer. The man typed the code – 1,2,3,4,5,6, – and found himself connected to an unknown service.

The accessed server belonged to the Bank of France and the accidental breach led to the service being blocked for 48 hours and prompted a lengthy investigation to identify the alleged attacker. Though the man had registered on Skype using his real address, authorities took about two years to reach him and charge him with fraudulent service access and hindrance to service operation.


Pastebin is the preferred point of broadcast for various hackers. No surprise that French or Francophile underground attackers also choose it as spoils of war repository. In a dump created yesterday, Deletesec claims to have run into a fight with the American Chamber of Commerce in France on account of the organization’s site being prone to SQL injection errors. After an alleged rude reaction from the Chamber, Deletesec disclosed a list of e-mail addresses and corresponding passwords stored on the respective site.

“American chamber of commerce in France does not care for their security flaws,” Deletesec wrote on Pastebin. “We forwarded a well written message concerning a SQL injection error on their website, but they ignored our message and wrote a hateful response back.”

Deletesec does not indicate its affiliation to any already existing hacking group. Their Twitter account does, however, serve as a hacker recruitment point, which indicates that the group, so far made up of mrblank and philodice, is seeking to expand its operations.

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