Months after it was hit by a major cyber attack devastating its ability to broadcast, France TV5 Monde IT services remain in chaos, with the breach cleanup costs rolling into the millions (emphasis added):
At the time, the hack was believed to be the work of Islamic State sympathisers although later reports from Trend Micro and others suggest this was a ‘false flag’ operation, conducted by the APT28/Pawn Storm group, which is believed to be closely associated with the Russian government.
The attack has been traced back to January 2015 when phishing emails were sent to TV5 Monde journalists. Leaked documents suggest German secret services knew about the attack two months before discovery, while experts, speaking anonymously to SCMagazineUK.com recently, suggested GCHQ knew about it too.
The broadcaster’s CEO has now told SC that IT services won’t fully resume until October, some six months after the attack. What’s more, the hack is costing the TV station millions of Euros.
Yves Bigot, CEO at TV France, was quoted in French magazine France.Info recently, in which he said that the broadcaster was without Internet and Skype, while equating the situation to him to his colleagues being castaways in the TV series ‘Lost’. He said the attack costs varied between €4.3 million and €5 million, with €9.9million due to be spent over the next three years.