New Caledonia targeted by an “unprecedented” cyberattack after the announcement of Macron’s visit

New Caledonia targeted by an “unprecedented” cyberattack after the announcement of Macron’s visit
New Caledonia targeted by an “unprecedented” cyberattack after the announcement of Macron’s visit

New Caledonia suffered a “cyber attack of unprecedented force” on Tuesday which has since been “stopped”, the Caledonian government announced this Wednesday, facts which occurred “shortly after” the announcement by President Emmanuel Macron of his arrival on the French archipelago.

“Last night we suffered a cyberattack of unprecedented force in New Caledonia, since an access provider (to the Internet) suffered an attack from outside on an IP address with the aim of saturating the Caledonian network,” explained Christopher Gygès, member (Les Loyalistes) of the local collegial government, at a press conference.

Since then, he indicated, the “State and OPT teams (post and telecommunications office) managed to stop this attack before there was significant damage.” This cyberattack occurred “very shortly after the announcement of the visit of the President of the Republic to New Caledonia,” added Christopher Gygès.

Emmanuel Macron left Paris on Tuesday evening to go to New Caledonia, where he plans to set up a “mission” with still unclear contours, with the aim of calming the situation on the archipelago. The announcement was made on Tuesday shortly before noon, Paris time. The head of state, who took off early in the evening according to the Élysée, is due to arrive Thursday morning (local time) in the French archipelago in the South Pacific.

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Concerning the cyberattack, “millions of emails were sent simultaneously to an email address whose purpose was to saturate” the network “and make it inoperable,” Christopher Gygès further clarified.

Nine days after the start of the most serious violence affecting the archipelago in almost 40 years, the situation remains precarious and entire neighborhoods remain almost inaccessible and prey to rioters.

Since the start of the violence on Monday evening, six people have been killed, including two mobile gendarmes, whose remains were brought back to France on Monday.

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