France sees 19,000 cyberattacks since terror rampage

PARIS — Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, a top French cyberdefense official said Thursday as the president tried to calm the nation’s inflamed religious tensions.

France is on edge since last week’s attacks, which began Jan. 7 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The paper, repeatedly threatened for its caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, buried several of its slain staff members Thursday even as it reprinted another weekly issue with Muhammad on its cover.

Calling it an unprecedented surge, Adm. Arnaud Coustilliere, head of cyberdefense for the French military, said about 19,000 French websites had faced cyberattacks in recent days, some carried out by well-known Islamic hacker groups.

  • Exile1981

    Hello France? Yes, here’s a cub of coffee. I want you to wake up smell the coffee and realize something – ISLAM is at war with you. You may not like it, you may want to hide or run away but the truth is you have let the barbarians inside the city walls and they are killing your people and destroying your nation. No are you going to do something before it’s too late or are you going back to bed and pull the covers over your bed.