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French TV station TV5Monde hit by Islamic State hack
by Pascale Mollard and Stéphane Jourdain
France's TV5Monde television channel was forced to shelve its regular programming Thursday after falling victim to an "unprecedented" hack by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, who also hijacked its website and social networks.
The Paris-based company, whose programmes are broadcast in more than 200 countries worldwide, was the target of a cyber-attack that is "unprecedented for us and unprecedented in the history of television," TV5Monde boss Yves Bigot told AFP.
By 5:00pm (1500 GMT), the channel was able to broadcast only pre-recorded programmes but had regained control of its website, where the front page declared "TV5Monde has been hit in the heart."
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