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About 19K French websites attacked since last week, report says

January 16, 2015

Since last week's attacks in France, hacking attempts have been made against roughly 19,000 French websites, the AP reported on Thursday, citing Admiral Arnaud Coustilliere, head of cyberdefense for the French military.

Coustilliere said that some of the cyber attacks are being launched by well-known Islamic hacker groups, and that they are targeting everything from military regiments to pizza shops, according to the report, which adds that most of the attacks are fairly minor denial-of-service attacks.

French officials suspect MECA: Middle East Cyber Army, Fallaga team, and Cyber Caliphate as being among the hacker groups carrying out the cyber attacks, the report indicates.

“What's new, what's important, is that this is 19,000 sites – that's never been seen before," Coustilliere was quoted as saying.

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