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French government portals under attack

SaMo_Dz hacker(s) claims justice

Last week, several Web sites pertaining to French government were hacked by an individual or group under the alias of SaMo_Dz, according to a content sharing portal. The Archives of the Prime Minister, the Spokesperson of the Government, the Defense and Security White Paper, Narcotics as well as other pages and the associated content hosted on the domain seem to no longer be available this morning due to maintenance.

Apparently, the attack marked the 57th anniversary of the start of the Algerian War of Independence. The defaced pages claim that “France should recognize its crimes in Algeria”, as the red text spells out in the screenshot below.

The hack comes two weeks after the 50th remembrance of the victims of Paris police brutality among the Algerian anti-war demonstrators in 1961.

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With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples, messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.