The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has had his bank account hacked into and stolen from.


The hackers removed several small sums of money during the operation, after they obtained the entry details to the President's online account. The attack has prompted the government to warn citizens of their own online vulnerability.


Luc Chatel, secretary of state for consumer affairs, said France had seen a nine per cent increase in the rise of internet banking security breaches, and action needed to be taken.


Speaking to the Guardian, Chatel said: “[This] proves the system of internet checking [of bank accounts] is not infallible. These cases are sufficiently rare that we haven't had to really organise ourselves, but [they are] sufficiently serious for us to reflect on how to improve the system.”


The attack follows the recent hacking of the Yahoo account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Although she did not suffer financial loss, personal emails were made public, including criticism of Anchorage-based conservative radio host Dan Fagan.