ISIS takes to cyberwar against France: “Death to France. Death to Charlie”

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Isn’t it amazing these lone wolf gunmen with no relation to radical Islam would elicit a response from ISIS against the French public?

Ezanville was one of the thousands of towns whose website’s home page was replaced with a black ISIS flag, and the message: ‘The Islamic State Stay Inchallah. Free Palestine. Death To France. Death To Charlie.’

The allegedly Anti-Semitic message refers to the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, who have recently printed a ‘survivors’ edition after eight of their journalists were murdered in a terrorist attack on January 7.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has since claimed responsibility for the attack on its office – as well as another hostage situation in the city, in which four people were killed by Amedy Coulibaly.

How can that be?  AL Qaeda claims responsibility for French gunmen?   How odd.

Coustilliere said the French Defense Ministry’s website also became temporarily inaccessible after it was ‘bombarded’ with fake internet traffic – but described the attacks as nothing more than an ‘annoyance’.

He said: ‘These attacks have no effect on the conduct of our operations.’

While Guillaume Poupard, the general director of ANSSI, says the websites with ‘little computer security’ were being targetted by vandals, adding: ‘It’s not a very complex attack. They’re looking for weak targets.’

This is a war without borders.  It is as much a civil war as it is a cyber war.

The world does not know how to respond to this.  It is new territory.   We are used to thinking of the enemy as “them”, not people who are part of “us”.  And we also can’t cope with the idea that anyone with a computer can reach out and interfere of damage computers anywhere on the planet.

This is a new era, and I wonder how long it will take, and how bad it will get, before we feel justified in shootin our neighbours, or invading otherwise friendly allies’ countries to hunt down ‘soldiers’ that belong to a virtual army.

– Mail Online

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.