Euromillions France Site Hacked In Religious Protest

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Hackers say they are fighting the ‘devil’s work’

Hackers defaced the Euromillions France website yesterday, claiming to have done so in an attack on the ‘devil’s work’.

The site is currently still down, according to the owner of Euromillions, Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), which put a notice on its homepage letting users know that data was not at risk and they could still enter other games. The Euromillions page is currently redirecting to the FDJ site, whilst it is being fixed.

Cybersecurity, Hack © Anatema Shutterstock 2012In a message posted in both French and Arabic yesterday morning, the hackers calling themselves the MorrocanGhosts said “games of chance… augur impurity and are the work of the devil”, according to reports.

Euromillions France defaced

FDJ will be keen to get the Euromillions France site back up, as another round will take place on Tuesday, with over €100 million up for grabs. Euromillions is played across nine countries, including the UK.

Website defacement is one of many techniques used by so-called hacktivists to make a point. In recent months many sites have been compromised and replaced with the hackers’ message.

In August, the Russian court that handed a two year jail sentence to the Pussy Riot band members had its website hacked and defaced.

Anonymous hit various Chinese government websites in April, claiming to have done so in a fight against oppression.

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