French Media Sites taken out by DDoS Attack

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The websites of many French news companies, including Le Monde and Le Figaro, went temporarily offline on Wednesday because a company that helps speed delivery of their content was hit by a cyber attack.

The company, Cedexis, said it had come under a “unique and sophisticated” distributed denial of service attack.  Cedexis provides optimisation services for web performance across data centers and content delivery networks

Magazine L’Obs, which was also affected, said the attack had also hit the websites of several big French manufacturers.

“This attack caused a partial but widespread outage that affected many of our customers,” Cedexis Chief Executive Ryan Windham said in a statement to Reuters.

The company said service had since come back and that it was conducting an investigation