Govt officials at 2011 G20 baited with porn

Summary:Attendees at the Paris summit of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors fell for an email promising nude photos of Carla Bruni, former supermodel and wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Citing "a government source in Paris," The Telegraph in Australia reports that many delegates to the February 2011 G20 summit in Paris were duped by an e-mail purporting to link to "naked pictures of Carla Bruni." Bruni is a former supermodel who became French President Nicolas Sarkozy's third wife in 2008, and was well-known for taking her clothes off in her early career.

Recipients who took the bait ran a trojan horse program which displayed X-rated photographs. The Telegraph says the email prompted users to open "an attachment" but it's likely that it actually gave a link to the program. Actual attachments have been passé for many years.

"Almost everybody who received the email took the bait," said the government source to The Telegraph, adding that this included representatives from the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Hungary and Latvia. The computers of senior officials were infected and forwarded the email on to others.

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Carla Bruni seen here wearing clothes

The story reports that the attack was thought to originate in China, but no details are provided. The incident is still (!) under investigation.

The G20 is the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from 19 developed countries and the European Union. These countries "account for approximately 86% of the gross world product (GWP), 80 percent of world trade (including EU intra-trade), and two-thirds of the world population."

Ms. Bruni has moved on to a career as a pop singer.

Hat tip to The Volokh Conspiracy.

Topics: Security, Government

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