Activists hack French ruling party's phone numbers
Hackers have published phone numbers of top members of right-wing French President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling party, claiming the action on Wednesday on behalf of all the party's "victims".
The UMP party's political leadership held a meeting on Wednesday, during which the party's head in parliament, Christian Jacob, read out the message from the hackers that put party leaders' professional and personal phone numbers online along with addresses and other personal details.
"For all the arrested, the hosing-down of the suburbs, the beaten demonstrators, the spied-upon journalists, the asylum seekers who are ignored or beaten, the stigmatised Roma, for all the UMP's victims... we give you their telephone numbers. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," the message said.
Several UMP members, including party head Jean-Francois Cope, on Tuesday said they received numerous calls, mostly insults, on their mobile phones after the numbers were released online.
Cope said he would soon change his number. An aide to Jacob said that several UMP lawmakers were thinking of doing the same.
It is a crime in France to publish a person's phone number without their consent and Jacob said he was lodging a formal complaint with the police for violation of secrecy and theft of electronic data.
The numbers, both mobile and landline, of at least 600 ranking UMP members have been published.
© 2011 AFP