Hackers clone French Foreign Ministry website

Hackers clone French Foreign Ministry website
Hackers clone French Foreign Ministry website

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By John Lichfield
16 July 2010

France yesterday suffered what might be called a bad web day. A pirate 
internet site, looking for all the world like the official Foreign 
Ministry site, began bombarding the world with bogus declarations and 

At the same time a long-awaited official site, which is supposed to 
present a can-do image of France to investors and tourists, collapsed on 
its first day. The French foreign ministry announced that =E2=80=93 if it could 
find them =E2=80=93 it would take legal action against the web pirates who have 
created an elaborate clone of official French diplomacy on the internet.

The bogus site,, or France Diplo TV, has stolen the 
logo and style and many of the video contents of the official site, It has also added a series of diplomatic 
initiatives that never were, including a purported decision by Paris to 
repay the "90 million gold francs" which Haiti paid France in 
post-independence reparations from 1825 to 1947. The lead video item on 
the hoax site yesterday was a film of a young, pompous woman in 
spectacles, sitting in front of French and EU flags.


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