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French TV Network TV5Monde Targeted In 'Pro-ISIS' Cyberattack 71

An anonymous reader writes French broadcaster TV5Monde [was] today working to regain control of its 11 television channels and online platforms after hackers claiming ties with the Islamic State hijacked its network on Wednesday evening, forcing the media group to show only pre-recorded content. The television network was able to return in part to its planned schedule by 1:00am (23:00 GMT) last night, after the hacking group had suspended its broadcast services for three hours. Yves Bigot, the Parisian company's director general, said that the network had been "severely damaged" by an "unprecedented attack" which would have taken weeks to prepare. The hacking group posted threats and shared a collection of files across TV5Monde's Facebook page which it claimed were copies of ID cards and CVs of relatives of French soldiers involved in anti-IS operations. More coverage at The Independent, which says the attack "revealed personal details of French soldiers."
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French TV Network TV5Monde Targeted In 'Pro-ISIS' Cyberattack

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  • by DougPaulson ( 4034537 ) on Thursday April 09, 2015 @01:13PM (#49439981)
    "French broadcaster TV5Monde [was] today working to regain control of its 11 television channels and online platforms"

    How did the hackers get control of eleven TV5Monde television channels. Technical details please ..
    • They guessed their terrible passwords. From what I read, their highest-level password was azerty12345, which is the French version of qwerty12345. They then interviewed someone about it in front of someone's desk. That person's desk had usernames and passwords on index cards taped to their monitor! People could read them from the video, and their youtube password translates to "the password of youtube".

      tl;dr they had godawful security practices.

  • More coverage at The Independent, which says the attack "revealed personal details of French soldiers."

    I read the Indy article and it still didn't explain why a TV network had the personal details of French soldiers.

  • by DickBreath ( 207180 ) on Thursday April 09, 2015 @04:12PM (#49441691) Homepage
    Did they have the latest version of French Maginot Line Defender installed to protect them from such attacks?
  • Detailed report on the hack (in french): http://www.breaking3zero.com/cyber-attaque-contre-tv5-qui-comment-pourquoi/ [breaking3zero.com]

    I note the malware was able to spread from user's PC to broadcast server, which suggests some kind of OS monoculture.

  • Of course, the TV was hacked by a group related to the enemy of the day.
    Too bad that most of their passwords were written on post-its clearly shown during their transmissions [blogspot.com], even after the hacking happened [blogspot.com]. It seems the "ISIS supporting group" are more likely a bunch of wanna-be hackers that defaced many other websites that shared poorly configured servers and minimal IT resources, such as the Swizerland Boyscout website.

    [Source: Paolo Attivissimo's website (in Italian) [blogspot.com]]
  • There is some technical coverage of the attack here

    Breaking3Zero [breaking3zero.com]

    - link in French

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  • Thanks, have a nice day :) http://www.educa.net/primeros-... [educa.net]

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