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AP Interview: France warns of risk of war in cyberspace

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/06/2017 By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press
The director general of the cyber defense agency known in France by its acronym, ANSSI, Guillaume Poupard, poses for a photographer during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in Paris, France, Thursday, June 1, 2017. The head of the French government's cyber security agency that was called in to investigate the hack of President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign says they have found no trace of a notorious Russian hacking group behind the attack. (AP Photo/John Leicester) © The Associated Press The director general of the cyber defense agency known in France by its acronym, ANSSI, Guillaume Poupard, poses for a photographer during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in Paris, France, Thursday, June 1, 2017. The head of the French government's cyber security agency that was called in to investigate the hack of President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign says they have found no trace of a notorious Russian hacking group behind the attack. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

PARIS — The head of the French government's cyber security agency is warning of the approaching risk of "permanent war" in cyberspace because of hacking attacks for espionage and fraud by states and criminals.

In an interview in his office Thursday with The Associated Press, Guillaume Poupard said that "in terms of effects and impact, we are clearly getting closer to a state of war."

He lamented a lack of commonly agreed rules to govern cyberspace and said nations "must work collectively, not just with two or three Western countries, but on a global scale."

Poupard also said his agency found no trace of a notorious Russian hacking group in its investigations of a hack and document leak that hit French President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign.

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