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Submission + - French TV network TV5Monde targeted in 'pro-Isis' cyberattack (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: French broadcaster TV5Monde is 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.

Comment Re:informal poll (Score 1) 641

I use Linux at work and at home. So does my wife on her own laptop. I also maintain a Linux distro on my parents' laptop, which spares them the hassle of dealing with malware/viruses/adwares.

Despite having had trouble with trojans and adware on their Windows PC, and the fact that Linux would cover 100% of their computing needs, I still haven't convinced my inlaws to migrate to Linux, and they've had their PC unusable for a few weeks now, once again, due to adware.


Comment Re:Coming soon to your country. (Score 3, Insightful) 537

Oh come on. Is it Muslims that are suing the Kansas Board of Schools for teaching evolution in classes ? Is it Muslims that enacted abortion laws that require medical rape with a sonar to make women feel more guilty for doing it ?

You've got enough brain-dead biggots in your country to make it as bad any backwards theocracy.

Comment Why Switzerland ? (Score 3, Interesting) 245

That's ridiculous. Why would the French army go to the pains of crossing the alps and trying to invade a country that has atomic shelters everywhere, a well trained national guard and a good army (or reputedly so), when it would only take two days and an infantry division to invade filthy-rich Luxembourg ?

Add a navy operation on Jersey, Guernesey and Sark to hunt down rogue bankers in neighouring tax havens for good measure, and voilà !

Comment Re:Intelligence (Score 4, Insightful) 110

If you are supporting Morsi, I suppose you're supporting his vocal positions on Jews and freedom of press, here you go.

After watching this, I consider that any man with just a little common sense would support the overthrow of Morsi. Which does not mean supporting the slaughter of hundreds of opponents in the aftermath. But the independence of the USA was not completed in one day, neither was the French revolution, nor will the Arab revolutions. It takes time before an appeased democracy takes place after centuries of colonial occupation and military dictatorships.

Comment Hardly news (Score 5, Insightful) 66

This is no news for us in Brittany, France. We've had those algae for the last 25 years on our beaches.

The reason ? Industrial farming, mainly. The manure that our farmers spread over the fields is washed down to the rivers and the sea shores. The level of phosphorous and nitrogen in the water rises and leads to massive, smelly "green tides" of algae on our beaches.

Unfortunately, no effective action is taken to correct these trends, and industrial farming tends to grow ever bigger and pollute our water ever more despite several warnings from the ECJ.

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