Isil hacks France's TV5Monde network
Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) yesterday seized control of TV5Monde, France's international TV network, knocking out its 11 channels, website and social media accounts in an attack the French government dubbed an "act of terrorism".
TV5Monde was still struggling to regain control of its channels yesterday, forced to broadcast only pre-recorded programmes after what its director called an "unprecedented attack in the history of television" in which its systems were "severely damaged". Yves Bigot, the network's chief, said he was shaken when a black screen appeared across the entire network on Wednesday night.
The French government yesterday denounced the cyber attack as an "act of terrorism". Prime minister Manuel Valls said the cyber strike was an "unacceptable attack on the freedom of information and expression". (© Daily Telegraph, London)