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Hackers replace Spanish prime minister with Mr Bean

The prime minister of Spain became the latest high-profile victim of online hackers after a photo of him on the website for Spain’s EU presidency was replaced with a photo of British comedy character Mr Bean.

Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero bears some resemblance to the bungling character played by Rowan Atkinson in the 1990s TV comedy and 1996 movie ‘Bean’, something that has formed a joke amongst Spanish citizens for a number of years.

Hackers infiltrated the website earlier today, replacing an image of Mr Zapatero with a smiling photo of Mr Bean and words “Hi there”.

An official confirmed a security breach had affected the page specifically set up to mark Spain’s six-month presidency of the European Union but insisted that no information on the site had been affected.

It isn’t the first time that Mr Zapatero has been compared to Mr Bean after Madrid based newspaper El Pais printed a cartoon depicting Mr Zapatero as Mr Bean above an article critical of the government’s handling of the economy.

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