France to launch cyberattacks on hackers in retaliation


France law enforcement authorities are planning to hit out at the cyber assailants who have targeted Rouen Hospital with ransomware on November 15th of this year.

“As the hackers are still active in targeting more agencies in France, we are planning to digitally target them in retaliation”, said Guillaume Poupard, the head of National Cyber Security Agency, France (ANSSI).

Speaking at a conference in Paris, Mr. Poupard said that the new French law allows the government to neutralize the attackers and so we are planning to hit the target by this month-end.

Going deep into the details, mid this month, a large scale cyber attack took place at Rouen Hospital on November 15th this year. The impact was severe where 90% of IT services were severely affected.

However, a press statement released by the hospital authorities early this week says that 90% of the services were now operational, as most of the systems have been recovered from the malware attack.

Remi Heym, the director of Communications, Rouen said that his firm will from now on take all appropriate measures to prevent future cyber attacks.

Note- Law enforcement agencies in the United States have got an executive order this year from President Donald Trump that they can launch cyberattacks on hackers in retaliation if and when proven guilty.

Probably the same will be followed by the France government in this regard as the French President Emmanuel Macron also stated the same at a National Conference in August this year.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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