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Paris’ Gare du Nord targeted in Cyber Attack by Killnet Group in support of Niger

2023-08-16 23.37.26

In an audacious act of digital sabotage, the renowned Gare du Nord, a major railway hub in the heart of Paris, fell victim to a cyber attack orchestrated by the notorious hacking collective Killnet. This attack, attributed to Killnet, was reportedly carried out as a demonstration of solidarity with the nation of Niger. While the attack raised concerns and temporarily disrupted operations, experts assure the public that the situation is under control.

Gare du Nord, also known as Paris-Nord, is one of the seven monumental railway termini in the French capital, serving as a vital link for millions of travelers. With nearly 300 million passengers annually, it stands as the busiest railway station under the management of SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français). Despite its bustling activity, today marked an unprecedented disruption as Killnet hackers effectively rendered the station temporarily unusable with a DDoS attack.

The Killnet group send a bold message in support of Niger, a country currently facing various challenges. The message was accompanied by statements in both French and Russian languages, demonstrating the international scope of the group’s activities. The message was released on their Telegram channel.

“Attention grenouilles! La Gare du Nord est attaquée par l’équipe de Killnet en signe de protestation et de soutien à nos amis du Niger. Merci de rester calme, ce n’est que le début!” declared the message in French on Telegram. In English it means “Watch out frogs! Gare du Nord is attacked by the Killnet team in protest and support for our friends in Niger. Please stay calm, this is just the beginning!”

In a parallel message, written in Russian, the hackers further underlined their intentions: “Осторожно, лягушки! Северный вокзал подвергается нападению со стороны команды Killnet в знак протеста и поддержки наших друзей в Нигере. Пожалуйста, сохраняйте спокойствие, это только начало!”

While the attack created an atmosphere of uncertainty among commuters and travelers, law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity experts promptly responded to contain the attack. Authorities have yet to confirm the extent of the damage or any potential data breaches resulting from the attack.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the growing threat posed by cybercriminals and hacktivist groups, who leverage their digital capabilities to express political and social grievances on a global scale.

Gare du Nord, located at Rue du 8 Mai 1945, 75010 Paris, has played a crucial role in connecting Eastern France with international destinations including Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Poland, Belarus, and Russia. The station, which first opened its doors on July 5, 1849, features an expansive array of platforms and continues to be a key transportation hub for both domestic and international travel.

As the investigation into this cyber attack unfolds, the world watches closely, hoping for a swift resolution and a renewed focus on strengthening digital defenses to safeguard critical infrastructure from future threats.

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