Threat Management

French ministry of defence website hacked by Anonymous

In a protest against France's foreign arms trade operations, one of the smaller portals owned by France's Ministry of Defense, CIMD (Centre d'Identification des Materiels de la Defense), has been hacked by hacking group Anonymous.

Anonymous revealed that once the database was leaked, the site was brought down and its users were then greeted by a message that read, "Our web portal will be temporarily unavailable due to maintenance actions.”

Information leaked includes information on army suppliers and partners, FTP client usernames, website accounts, PHP sessions and some server usernames that included cleartext passwords. Besides the database dump, hackers provided screenshots of the site's admin panel, which they dubbed as being archaic.

In a bid to justify its attack, Anonymous showed viewers that accessed the data dump a series of press articles regarding France's weapons industry and its lucrative arms trade sector which noted that France is selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, an article about France buying spying and surveillance tools from Italian firm The Hacking Team, and finally an article from 2012 by Amnesty International that listed France as the world's second largest arms trader.

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