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French TV hack 'a step up' in cyberjihadism

An image grab taken on April 9, 2015 from a video on TV5Monde Facebook account shows a message that appeared on French television network TV5Monde's facebook account while it was hacked by individuals claiming to belong to the Islamic State groupThe “unprecedented” cyber-attack on French television channel TV5Monde represents a major “step up” in the Internet warfare being waged by highly specialised jihadist hackers, experts said Thursday. Since January’s three-day Islamist attacks in Paris that killed 17 people, hackers have launched hundreds of assaults on French websites, from denial of service attacks that snarl up web traffic to full-scale hacks. “This is certainly a step up,” said Gilbert Ramsay, expert on cyberjihadism at Scotland’s St. Andrews University. “For years now, low-level cyber-attacks have been a routine part of Islamist mobilisation.

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