Pro-Russian group claims responsibility for cyber attack on France

Pro-Russian group claims responsibility for cyber attack on France

On Monday (11), several official IT services in France fell victim to a cyber attack of “unprecedented intensity” claimed by a group called “Anonymous Sudan”, reportedly supported by Russia and various Islamic groups. The attack reportedly began on Sunday night (10) using typical methods to disable computer services but with an unprecedented level of intensity in the country. While the perpetrators have not been officially identified by France, the group Anonymous Sudan claimed responsibility through a statement on the Telegram messaging app.

The group’s statement on Telegram indicated that their targets included the ministries of Culture, Health, Economy, and Ecological Transition, as well as those of Civil Aviation, the interministerial directorate of digital economy, the National Geographic Institute, and the Prime Minister’s services. In response to the cyber attack, French authorities established a crisis office to combat it and ensure the continuity of IT services, which have since been restored although some were unusable for a significant part of the day or had access issues.

France remains vigilant against such attacks, particularly with upcoming events like the European elections in June and the Paris Olympic Games starting on July 26th. The country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has recently made comments about possibly sending NATO troops to Ukraine. The heightened alert is necessary to prevent further cyber attacks and safeguard critical infrastructure as well as sensitive information.

Leave a Reply