Islamist hackers attack 19,000 French websites

'In the past four days alone', says cyber defense chief

15 January, 16:13

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JANUARY 15 - Some 19,000 French internet sites have been attacked by Islamist hackers in the past four days alone, reported IT security magazine ZatazMag on Thursday. The number was provided by Rear-Admiral Arnaud Coustillière, head of cyber-defence for the French general staff.

    ''This is the first time that the country has ever dealt with a cyber attack of this sort,'' he said, noting that the attacks were ''of a low level'' , bringing down the website homepage but not sending viruses or other malware. The cyber defense chief called the attacks ''opportunistic'', as they target systems lacking protection and software that has not been updated. The attacks do not require a great deal of technical skills and can be conducted by ''any 'geek' '' or IT buff. (ANSAmed).

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