Cyber-attacks quadrupled in France in the space of a year

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Cyber-attacks in France have increased fourfold over the last year, forcing authorities to strengthen the chain of cyber-defence from end to end, Armed Forces minister Florence Parly said on Thursday.

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“If there is indeed a space where malevolence never sleeps, not even with one eye, a space where each of us can become the target, the vector, or even the amplifier of its threat, it is indeed the cyber-space,” French defence minister Florence Parly said.

She announced that an agreement had been signed with the GIP Acyma, a specialized cyber-protection agency created in 2017 by the French government.

In particular, the agreement will provide the GIP with a full-time officer from the Defence Intelligence and Security Directorate (DRSD), the counter-intelligence agency.

“The Armed Forces Ministry has the ambition to strengthen its cyber-defence chain from end to end,” Parly said.

Strengthening cyber-security

Following the cyber-attacks that reduced two hospitals to “all paper”, Emmanuel Macron confirmed in February a 1 billion euro plan to strengthen the cyber-security of sensitive systems.

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Parly recalled that her ministry had devoted 1.6 billion euros to cyber-defence over the period 2019-2025, stressing also the recruitment of “1,000 cyber fighters by 2025”.

“In the second half of 2020, the DRSD observed a large mobilisation of individuals carrying out cyber-offensive and propaganda actions of an Islamist nature. These actions have led to a wave of disfigurements of websites of French entities or individuals linked to the defence sphere,” the minister insisted, reporting attacks from both state powers, terrorist groups and their supporters.

Originally published on RFI



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