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ISIS hacks French TV

Posted: Apr 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

French television network, TV5Monde, was forced to broadcast only pre-recorded programmes Thursday after an unprecedented hack by self-proclaimed ISIS militants, who also hijacked its websites and social networks.

The Paris-based company, whose programmes are broadcast in more than 200 countries worldwide, was the target of a cyberattack that is “unprecedented for us and unprecedented in the history of television,” TV5Monde boss Yves Bigot told AFP.

“Since 5:00am (0300 GMT), we have only been able to put out a single programme on all our channels. For the moment, we are unable to produce our own programmes. We won’t be back up until 2pm,” Bigot added.

The hackers took control of the station and its social media operations late Wednesday, blacking out the TV channels and posting documents on its Facebook page purporting to be the identity cards and CVs of relatives of French soldiers involved in anti-IS operations, along with threats against the troops.

TV5Monde regained control of its social networks by 2:00am Thursday but television broadcasts were likely to take hours, if not days, to return to normal. The attack would have required weeks of preparation, Bigot added.