French fighter planes were unable to take off after military computers were infected by a computer virus, an intelligence magazine claims.
The aircraft were unable to download their flight plans after databases were
infected by a Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several
Microsoft had warned that the “Conficker” virus, transmitted through
Windows, was attacking computer systems in October last year, but according
to reports the French military ignored the warning and failed to install the
necessary security measures.
Naval officials said the “infection”‘ was probably due more to
negligence than a deliberate attempt to compromise French national security.
It said it suspected someone at the navy had used an infected USB key.
The Sicmar Network, on which the most sensitive documents and communications
are transmitted was not touched, it said.