January 15, 2015 Last Updated 11:49 am

Cyber war in France? Islamic hacker group attack French websites while Anonymous strikes back

The head of cyberdefense for the French military, Arnaud Coustilliere, said about 19,000 French websites had faced cyberattacks since the physical attack on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last week.

Anonymous-videoscreen-charliehebdoThe hacker group Anonymous, in response to the attack on the French weekly newspaper, declared war on radical Islamic websites, taking down Ansar-alhaqq.net for a time.

“We intend to take revenge in their name, we are going to survey your activities on the net, we are going to shut down your accounts on all social networks,” Anonymous said in its YouTube video.

The attacks by Islamic hackers have been minor denial-of-service attacks against almost random targets such as pizza shops and other soft targets, according to French authorities.

“What’s new, what’s important, is that this is 19,000 sites — that’s never been seen before. This is the first time that a country has been faced with such a large wave,” Coustilliere said.

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