An investigation was opened Thursday, January 5 following a complaint from the weekly Charlie Hebdo concerning a hacking of which its site was the subject, learned Agence France-Presse from the Paris prosecutor’s office, confirming information fromEurope 1.
“An investigation was opened today into charges of fraudulent access to an automated data processing system” but also of fraudulent maintenance, introduction of data, fraudulent modification of data, fraudulent extraction of data and obstruction of the operation of the system, specified the public ministry.
This piracy comes eight years almost to the day after the attacks that decimated the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo and while the newspaper finds itself at the heart of a diplomatic controversy after the publication on Wednesday of cartoons on the Iranian regime deemed insulting by Tehran.
“Data would be on sale”
From the same source, the investigations were entrusted to the police officers of the internal intelligence (DGSI) and the Central Office for the fight against crime linked to information and communication technologies. According to a source familiar with the matter, there was a “attack on the commercial website and defacement of the home page”but without “no significant claim” at this stage. “The investigation begins”she added.
“Data would be on sale, this must be verified”also reported this source, while Europe 1 mentions in particular personal information concerning “several thousand subscribers”. Thursday afternoon, the website of the satirical weekly was accessible, but not its shop.
The Islamic Republic of Iran announced on Thursday the closure of the French Institute for Research in Iran, after the publication of the cartoons, deemed insulting to the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. “The ministry puts an end to the activities of the French Institute for Research in Iran (IFRI) as a first step” of the Iranian response to the cartoons, says a statement from the Iranian Foreign Ministry.