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Cyberattack pushes French news sites offline

By Reuters
Cyberattack pushes French news sites offline
This May 13, 2006 photo shows the building housing the French daily Le Monde. Le Monde said their websites went temporarily offline with several other French news companies on May 10, 2017 after a cyberattack hit a firm that helps speed delivery of their content. (Stephane De Sakutin / AFP)

PARIS – Several French news companies, including Le Monde and Le Figaro, said their websites went temporarily offline on Wednesday because a company that helps speed delivery of their content was hit by a cyberattack.

This attack caused a partial but widespread outage that affected many of our customers

Ryan Windham, Chief Executive, Cedexis

The company, Cedexis, said it had come under a "unique and sophisticated" distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which is when hijacked and virus-infected computers target networks with data requests until they can no longer cope.

Magazine L'Obs, which was also affected, said the attack had also hit the websites of several big French manufacturers.

"This attack caused a partial but widespread outage that affected many of our customers," Cedexis Chief Executive Ryan Windham said in a statement to Reuters.

The company said service had since come back and that it was conducting an investigation.

Internet security has become a top concern in France following the leak of hacked data from President-elect Emmanuel Macron's campaign two days before the presidential election.

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