French TV network hacked by 'Islamic State'

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A French television network has been hacked by people claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group. (Picture: Shutterstock)

The hackers briefly cut transmission of 11 channels belonging to TV5 Monde and took over its websites and social media accounts.

The channel's director, Yves Bigot, said this morning that the attack was continuing. The TV5 Monde website is not currently accessible.

He told RTL radio that the network has restored its signal but can only broadcast recorded programmes.

The message on the TV5 Monde website read in part "Je suIS IS" with a banner by a group that called itself Cybercaliphate.

The Islamic extremist group has claimed complex hackings before but the seizure of the French network appeared to be a new step in its information warfare tactics.

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