French network TV5Monde was yesterday the victim of a cyber-attack by individuals claiming to belong to terrorist group ISIS, the Paris-based company has said.
The attack took the channel, which goes out internationally, off air for three hours yesterday, but TV5Monde was able to bring back a partial feed by 1am local time yesterday, reports say.
The hackers also posted the identity cards and CVs of relatives of French soldiers, along with threats and warning to French president Francois Hollande, on TV5Monde’s Facebook page.
TV5Monde has now taken back control of its social media outlets, and posted messages explaining what happened. A video featuring TV5Monde director general Yves Bigot calls the attack “unprecedented”. The TV5Monde website remained offline at press time.
The attack comes after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked by terrorist gunmen in Paris in January, with 17 people left dead as a result.