Pierluigi Paganini March 16, 2024
France Travail data breach impacted 43 Million people

Unemployment agency France Travail (Pôle Emploi) recently suffered a data breach that could impact 43 million people. On August 2023, the French government employment agency Pôle emploi suffered a data breach and notified 10 million individuals impacted by the security breach. The press release published by the agency states that its information systems are not […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 11, 2024
Massive cyberattacks hit French government agencies

A series of “intense” cyberattacks hit multiple French government agencies, revealed the prime minister’s office. “Several “intense” cyberattacks targeted multiple French government agencies since Sunday night, as disclosed by the prime minister’s office.” The French minister’s office did not provide details about the attacks, however, the French agencies were likely hit with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 05, 2022
French hospital cancels operations after a ransomware attack

A French hospital near Paris canceled operations and transfer some patients due to a cyber attack suffered over the weekend. France’s health ministry announced that the Hospital Centre of Versailles was hit by a cyber attack over the weekend. Hospital Centre of Versailles, which includes Andre-Mignot Hospital, Richaud Hospital and the Despagne Retirement Home, canceled […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 13, 2018
French foreign ministry announced its Travel Alert Registry Hack

The French foreign ministry announced today that its travel alert registry website had been hacked and personal data of citizens “could be misused”. The French foreign ministry confirmed tha hackers breached into the Ariane system, its travel alert registry website, and personal data of citizens “could be misused”. The Ariane system provides security alerts to registered […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 07, 2017
Experts spotted a 2007 variant of Babar, the spyware allegedly used by French Intelligence

Malware researchers at Palo Alto Networks have spotted a 2007 variant of Babar, a strain of malware likely designed by the French Intelligence. In March 2015, researchers detected Babar for the first time, analysis led them into believing it was a product of the French intelligence. According to the experts, Babar malware was used by the General Directorate for […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 09, 2017
French Minister Le Drian on cyber espionage: France is not immune, ready to hack back

Defense Minister Le Drian comments expressed concerns about cyber attacks against defense systems and warns of hacking campaigns on the upcoming elections. According to the Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian France defense was targeted by thousands of attacks in 2016. France thwarted more than 24,000 cyber attacks against Defence systems last year. The Minister confirmed that thousands […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 30, 2015
NSA spied on French Presidents, Ministers and Top companies

French journal Liberation and Medialpart revealed that the NSA spied on two of France’s economy ministers and spied on the country’s largest enterprises. According to National media that cited Wikileaks as the source, the NSA spied on French Economy Ministers and France enterprises. The French journal Liberation and Medialpart, earlier this week, revealed that the NSA had spied […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 05, 2015
Babar and Casper, two Malware likely designed by the French Intelligence

After Babar malware, security researchers detected a new strain of malware dubbed Casper that appears to be linked to the France Intelligence. Surveillance is the primary goal of Intelligence Agencies worldwide, a few weeks ago cyber security researchers detected a new malware, dubbed Babar, that is considered a product of the French intelligence. According to the […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 16, 2013
Cyber security, Questions and Answers with the expert

Interview with the security experts Andrey Komarov and Dan Clements of IntelCrawler to analyze significant evolutions in the cyber-threat landscape. Today I desire to propose an interview with Andrey Komarov, CEO of IntelCrawler and Dan Clements, President of IntelCrawler. IntelCrawler is a multi-tier intelligence aggregator, which gathers information and cyber prints from a starting big […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 23, 2012
The Flame is “ignited” between the U.S. and France

French weekly news magazine L’Express has reported that offices of France’s former president Sarkozy were hit by a cyber espionage campaign back in May 2012. Few days before the second round of the presidential election won by Hollande the President’s office was infected by Flame malware, within the compromise PCs also the one of Sarkozy’s […]