a hacked law firm, elements of the file published on the Internet

Elements of the investigation file for the attack on Charlie Hebdo were published on the internet after the hacking of a law firm which occurred in the summer of 2021, reveals franceinfo Tuesday November 23 from concordant sources. At least one crime scene photo was shared on a public hacker forum before it was recently deleted.

Specializing in compensation for bodily injury, the law firm targeted had one of the civil parties in the Charlie Hebdo case as a client. This firm based in Lyon, Bordeaux, Paris and Lille became aware of the hacking because its computer system was paralyzed. According to our information, the Everest hacker group is suspected of being behind this operation.

A ransom of 500,000 euros was first demanded, then the amount was increased due to the sensitive nature of the hacked data. According to information from franceinfo, a hacker suspected of having acted as an intermediary between the hackers and the law firm was arrested in mid-November. The investigations are continuing under the direction of a Parisian investigating judge. The investigation was entrusted to the sub-directorate for the fight against cybercrime and to the judicial police of Lyon.

Between 2016 and 2020, the national police and gendarmerie services recorded between 1,580 and 1,870 procedures in connection with ransomware attacks, reports the ministerial statistical service for internal security (SSMSI), noting a significant increase, + 32 % of the number of procedures recorded, between 2019 and 2020.

The SSMSI notes that the industrial sector, and that of public administration, education, human health and social action are particularly affected, in relation to their weight in the economic fabric. They represent respectively 15 and 20% of the victims.

Local authorities represent the vast majority, 89%, of public administrations targeted by ransomware. They “often have a low level of computer protection”, points out the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems, even though “it is important that their activity is not suspended”, and that they also have “sensitive data”, sought by hackers “to blackmail” the publication of this data.

The gendarmerie and police forces today have great difficulty in finding the perpetrators of these attacks, as evidenced by the fact that only 0.3% of the procedures opened since 2015 record at least one defendant.

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