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Everyone wants a piece of Jérôme Kerviel

Just hours after on Thursday, we received a photo of the rogue trader at hand. It appears that one of his colleagues looked him up on the company's intranet and circulated his profile page by email. Using the internet, it took less than half a day to reveal the identity of the young trader and circulate it around the world. Jérôme Kerviel, ‘the man worth five billion', has since become a kind of icon on the web. A funny phenomenon, but worrying too.

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Just hours after Société Générale revealed the biggest fraud in history on Thursday, we received a photo of the rogue trader at hand. It appears that one of his colleagues looked him up on the company's intranet and circulated his profile page by email. Using the internet, it took less than half a day to reveal the identity of the young trader and circulate it around the world. Jérôme Kerviel, ‘the man worth five billion', has since become a kind of icon on the web. A funny phenomenon, but worrying too.

The trader has a score of fans on Facebook. The funniest groups come under titles such as ‘If 5 billion people join this group & give €1 we save Jerome Kerviel's career'; ‘Give Jerome Kerviel the Nobel Prize for economy 2008!' and ‘Share the money Jerome Kerviel!'

Internet users have created a Wikipedia page for him tracing his whole life. You can also have a look at his CV online, as well as a photo of him on a social night out. Digging into people's private lives is found funny by many, but not all. This blogger supports Kerviel, and condemns the press and his past employers for ‘lynching' him.

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A funny clip about the affair from the site Parodies.ca (in french)

From the site Parodies.ca.