Online attack knocks out major French news websites days after Emmanuel Macron admits campaign was hacked

Online attack knocks out major French news websites days after Emmanuel Macron admits campaign was hacked

The company which supplies websites for French outlets like Le Monde was hit with an online attack

Friday, May 12, 2017

An online hacking attack on a Portland-based company brought down the websites of several major French news outlets on Thursday. 

Cedexis, which increases delivery speed for online content, was subject to a "sophisticated" Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) - a type of cyber assault which floods a website with traffic to completely overwhelm it and take away its services. 

The company has offices in Paris that supply news outlets like Le Monde, L'Equipe, and Le Figaro, which were knocked out as a consequence of the attack.  

Their websites were down for several minutes as the company worked to fend off the assault. 

The incident came mere days after French president-elect Emmanuel Macron admitted his campaign had been hacked by an unknown party.

The company has released a statement to apologise for the downtime and explained the source of the attack is currently unknown.

It made clear the company will share what information it can, but also retain some of it in order to protect its infrastructure.

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