Hackers claiming ties to ISIS managed to knock a major global TV network off the air, and take over its website and social media. It was completely unexpected, and authorities say that it's going to take time to recover the network.
A group known as the Cybercaliphate, an Islamic extremist group claiming ties to ISIS, began the attack on Wednesday night, and the attack is still ongoing. TV5 Monde, a global French network calling itself the "worldwide French cultural channel" that broadcasts in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada, had 11 channels simultaneously cut, and the TV5 Monde website and social media were taken over.
Yves Bigot, the channel's director, said that "the network has restored its signal but can only broadcast recorded programs" and that the attack was "still ongoing." The director said that they had no idea what was going on when their screen went black, but when they saw the website and social media accounts everything became frighteningly clear.
The TV5 Monde website was covered with a banner that read "I am IS" by the Cybercaliphate, but it has since been replaced with a simple message saying that the website is down for maintenance. France Prime Minister called the attack on the channel "an unacceptable insult to freedom of information and expression," and the Paris prosecutor's office has opened a terrorism investigation.