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The French Sports Minister’s Hack X Account Highlights Cyber ​​Threats During the Olympic Games

PARIS — An unusual takeover of the French sports minister’s X account was spotted and quickly stopped, but the case underscored the need for French officials to prepare for a range of cyber threats as they host the Olympics this summer.

Some X users noticed that French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra’s account changed photos over the weekend. A CEO of a technology company said he has a bizarre message from that account, in English, warning that he was violating the social media company’s policy and that his account would be closed unless he clicked a link to dispute that provision.