String of attacks on French telecom infrastructure preceded April attack on fiber optic cables

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Jun 10, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

French authorities believe the fiber optic cable cuts that disrupted Internet service across large swaths of France in April were likely the work of radical ecologists who oppose the digitalization of society, according to Kave Salamatian, a French academic who specializes in Internet resilience and who said he has been briefed on the investigation by colleagues at the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI).

Salamatian, who has worked with French government agencies and companies on telecom issues and who is a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights, is an academic and engineer specializing in large-scale telecom networks. He said there have been scores of similar attacks on mass communication infrastructure across France in the past few years, including destruction of radio antennae and arsons targeting 5G base stations.

French authorities declined to comment on Salamatian’s assertion or to provide any details on their probe.

“There is an ongoing investigation,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior said in an email. “French law does not allow us to provide you with information about it.” A spokesperson for ANSSI did not respond to an email seeking comment.


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