France has issued an emergency cyber security alert after a number of its commercial websites were hacked by hackers from Bangladesh and other countries in protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
National Cybersecurity Agency of France, known locally as ANSSI (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information), issued the alert in a tweet on Sunday.
The alert comes amid repeated attacks on French commercial sites by hackers from Bangladesh and other Muslim countries in protest against demeaning Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Bangladeshi hacker community ‘Cyber 71’ has claimed to have hacked a number of commercial sites of France in protest against the French president’s defence of the right to show cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The cyber attack was carried out from after Saturday midnight, several members of the hacker group told the media.
One of its member said they have so far attacked 40-50 important commercial sites of France.
We’ve not yet published the names of all the sites. We’ve only published eight websites in our official page.”
He said they have targeted some other important websites in protest against demeaning Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
It was also claimed in the Facebook page of ‘Cyber 71’ that French websites were hacked.
The original contents are missing from the compromised websites.
Instead, there is a message of the hacker group which reads, “Preparation launched by Muslim hackers against France for insulting Prophet Muhammad (SM) and abusing Islam publicly.
A dangerous apocalypse is ahead for France cyberspace and we will continue the assault until you beg for forgiveness. Get ready.”
Songs in praise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are now being played on these websites.
A number of Muslim countries have already started boycotting French products in The backlash stems from comments made by Macron after the gruesome murder of a French teacher who showed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in class.
The president said the teacher, Samuel Paty, "was killed because Islamists want our future", but France would "not give up our cartoons".