15 Oct 2019

M6, one of France’s biggest TV channels, hit by ransomware

French media empire M6 Group was hit by ransomware on Saturday, leading to disruptions of its phone and email systems. However, the incident did not impact any of the group’s TV channels, radio stations and film studios, which include M6, the largest private French TV channel. The firm said that

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24 Sep 2019

Iran rejects fresh accusations over Saudi oil attack

France, Germany and the United Kingdom agree with previous claims the United States and Saudi Arabia that Iran was behind the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. In a joint statement issued on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, German

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29 Aug 2019

Avast Maker Team WIth Police To Free 850,000 Computers From Cryptomining Malware

In a collaborative effort, security researchers with Avast and the French police took down a massive cryptomining botnet earlier this year. The botnet consisted of 850,000 machines that were infected with Retadup, a malware strain designed to mine Monero (XMR) and in some cases to log keystrokes and take screenshots.

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30 Jul 2019

France wants to arm satellites with guns and lasers by 2030

France not only plans to set up its own space force to defend the country’s satellites, but France’s Minister of Defense is also launching a program to upgrade those satellites with cameras capable of detecting threats. Furthermore, the country aims to replace the upgraded satellites with yet another generation of

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29 May 2019

Research Shows Twitter Manipulation in Weeks Before EU Elections

Researchers with the Sherpa project have uncovered a sizable Twitter misinformation campaign that promoted “politically inflammatory content, racist content, and mistruths,” in an attempt to influence European voters in the days before the European Parliament Election, which took place last week. The campaign primarily targeted Italian and French voters with

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17 May 2019

EU leaders: We won’t follow Trump’s Huawei ban

One day after US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over telecom threats, thereby enabling the US government to extend its ban on Huawei technology to the private sector, the leaders of Germany, the Netherlands and France announced that their countries are not planning to copy the US government’s

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22 Apr 2019

Hacker Breaks Into French Government’s New Secure Messaging App

Last week, an independent security researcher managed to get access to a brand new encrypted messaging application used by French government officials. The application is available for download on the Google Play Store, but normally only people with an official government email address can use it. Despite reports claiming that

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11 Apr 2019

Libya fighting kills 56, European powers jostle over conflict

According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), the battle for Tripoli between the internationally recognized Libyan government and forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar has so far killed 56 people and injured another 266, while 6,000 Tripoli residents have been displaced. Haftar is leading a push

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04 Feb 2019

EU countries recognise Juan Guaidó as interim Venezuelan leader

The UK, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark have officially recognized Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela, pushing the Maduro regime further into diplomatic isolation. The countries promised to recognize the opposition government if the Maduro regime did not call for elections within 8 days. The past few

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23 Jan 2019

French Defence Sec: ‘Cyber-war has begun’ and France will hack first

Shifting the general European tone on the subject from secretive to open, the French Defense Secretary recently declared in a speech that “cyber war has begun” and that the country has added cyber capabilities to its arsenal that it is prepared to use proactively. The speech invites close collaboration between

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