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Municipal websites in France hacked, replaced with ISIS flag

Municipal websites in France hacked, replaced with ISIS flag

Images of Islamic State flags have appeared on the websites of  several municipalities near Paris whose homepages were hacked.

RT reports: The hacks come amidst an intense manhunt to capture two suspects believed to have committed the Charlie Hebdo office massacre.

The attacks, apparently carried out by a group identified as L’Apoca-Dz, occurred shortly before midnight on Thursday.

The websites of several communes in the Paris metropolitan area, including Goussainville, Ezanville and Jouy-le-Moutier, were targeted.

The afflicted sites displayed an image of the IS flag with a nasheed or Islamic vocal chant playing in the background. The group, further claiming to speak for IS, denounced both France and Charlie Hebdo in a message written on the homepages of the hacked sites.

The websites have since been restored

Despite employing the IS flag, L’Apoca-Dz doesn’t appear to have any actual affiliation to the militant group. A quick search has showed a variety of sites hacked by a group flying under the same banner, with no apparent political or geographical consistency.