A French citizen has reportedly breached the Banque de France servers after unintentionally accessing the French Central Bank’s ‘secure’ servers over the phone using the password 123456. Apparently 654321 would have also worked.
The man was reportedly trying to reach a central bank employee with questions about his account in order to avoid paying the standard fees for telephone support.
This is the quality of the men running the world via the central banks.
No word on whether Jessica Simpson was hired as a security consultant.
A French citizen has unintentionally breached the security of the French central bank (Banque de France) over the phone and was freed by French authorities after being accused of “hacking” the central bank’s and triggering a 48-hours shut down of that particular computer system which handles the consumer indebtedness files (basically people who are flagged as having a very bad credit history).
The man was trying to go around the paid telephone consumer support system and got from Internet forums what he thought was a direct-line to the central bank employees (yes, in France, you have to pay for most form of telephone support). When asked for a code by an automated system, he entered 123456 and it worked – he had just breached the central bank’s security.
It gets better: according to the man’s attorney, 654321 would have worked as well.