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Sunday, April 12, 2015

ISIS Blacks Out French Television Station Broadcasts -- CyberTerrorism Has Arrived

On Wednesday night, parties claiming to belong to the Islamic State (ISIS) blacked out broadcasts on 11 channels of French television station, TV5Monde, as well as breached and defaced the network’s social media accounts.

The massive hack-attack – which took the station off the air for hours and disrupted normal operations for nearly a day – was certainly not the first assault directed by Islamic extremists at media outlets, but, the technological sophistication of this week’s broad takedown of a network does seem to represent a significant escalation of capabilities; if this action was truly carried out by ISIS, it is evidence that the group may have far more advanced cyberwar capabilities than was conventionally believed to be the case.

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