January 8, 2015 7:40 pm

Websites of towns near Paris hacked, replaced with ISIS flag

Several communities on the outskirts of Paris had their websites hacked and replaced with the image of an ISIS flag and the message "Death to Charlie."

Municipality of Piscop website/GlobalNews.ca screen grab

As the manhunt continued for two brothers suspected of carrying out the massacre at the office of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, several municipalities near Paris had their websites taken over with the image of an ISIS flag.

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Wednesday’s attack in Paris has not been linked to ISIS — several reports have suggested it’s more likely to be connected to the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — but the cyber-attack appears to be in response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

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The cyber-attack displayed the image of the ISIS flag, accompanied by Arabic-language music and the message: “The Islamic State Stay Inchallah, Free Palestine, Death to France, Death to Charlie.”

In the aftermath of the shootings, which left 12 people dead and 11 others injured, people around the world have shown their solidarity with the victims by spreading the message “Je Suis Charlie (I am Charlie).”

Among the towns affected by the cyber-attack were Piscop, Val D’Oise, Ezanville, Jouy-le-Moutier and Goussainville — all on the outskirts of Paris. At least two of the sites were taken offline completely after they were hacked.

According to the posting, the sites were hacked by “L’Apocca-Dz.” A link on the pages connected to a Facebook page.

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Charlie Hebdo is a well-known satire magazine, in France, that has published several cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

According to witness accounts, the gunmen cried out they had “avenged the Prophet Muhammed” by killing 12 people and wounding 11 others.

Among the dead was editor Stephane Charbonnier, who was previously listed as “wanted dead or alive” by al-Qaeda in a 2013 edition of the terror network’s English-language propaganda publication, Inspire.

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