24,000 Cyber Attacks Against France
France warns hackers are attacking its defence systems and this year’s election could be a target.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has revealed the extent of cyber attacks launched against French defence targets in 2016 – 24,000 separate incidents – and that the number is doubling every year.
Talking to Le Journal du Dimanche, Le Drian warned that France should expected more cyber attacks ahead of the French elections in April-May this year.
France has seen some high-profile attacks in the past. In April 2015, a concerted cyber campaign took French TV network TV5Monde off air and almost destroyed it. Cyber Caliphate, a goup associating itself with the Islamic State, took responsibility for the attack. However, investigators found evidence that a group of Russian hackers were behind the incident.
French-Russian relations worsened following France’s role in imposing sanctions against Russia as a punishment for its annexation of Crimea in 2014. Le Drian will be supervising an upgrade of France’s cyber capabilities.
Photo: French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian on a visit to Peru in 2000 (Galeria del Ministerio de Defensa de Perú, 2000)