France’s TV5Monde ‘hit by Islamic State hackers’

French television network TV5Monde says it was hacked by individuals claiming to belong to Isis, bringing television broadcasts to a halt and taking over its websites and Facebook page.

The Paris-based company was able to partially resume television broadcasts by 1am Thursday (0000 BST) after a three-hour blackout, the network’s director general, Yves Bigot, said, but its systems had been “severely damaged” by an “unprecedented attack”.

The hackers posted documents on TV5Monde’s Facebook page purporting to be the identity cards and CVs of relatives of French soldiers involved in anti-Isis operations, along with threats against the troops.

“Soldiers of France, stay away from the Islamic State! You have the chance to save your families, take advantage of it,” read one message on TV5Monde’s Facebook page. “The CyberCaliphate continues its cyberjihad against the enemies of Islamic State,” the message added.