Hacker Morphs Spanish Prez Into Mr. Bean

Prankster hijacks Spain's EU site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 3:47 AM CST
Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero speaks during a press conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A hacker yesterday redirected visitors to Spain's EU presidency website to a page replacing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's image with that of Mr. Bean. The goofy, benign comedy character appeared with the words: "Hi there." Zapatero's resemblance to Rowan Atkinson's bumbling character is a long-running joke in Spain, the BBC reports. A leading newspaper recently portrayed Zapatero as Mr. Bean in an editorial critical of the prime minister's handling of the economy.

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