A complaint was filed Monday by the Ministry of Justice after the dissemination of personal data of more than a thousand magistrates and lawyers, published online by a group of hackers, we learned from the Paris prosecutor's office, confirming information from Numerama.
The hack was claimed Sunday by a collective of hackers called Kromsec, which presents itself as close to the Anonymous movement. Kromsec said he was acting in response to the death of Nahel, 17, killed by a police officer in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) last week. "The sequence of events will determine whether we will make this data public or not," the collective said on its Telegram channel, initially specifying that the data would be put up for sale. "The French government must eradicate racism in its police or the Anonymous collective will come to the aid of the protesters," he also warned on Twitter.
"An old file"
The collective has therefore carried out its threats on Monday, by making public a file containing the data - names, e-mails, telephone numbers, address and Iban - of 1120 French magistrates and lawyers. In a message on Telegram, the hackers suggest that they recovered this document by exploiting a flaw in Drupal, a content management software, used by the Ministry of Justice.
Requested by Numérama, the latter specifies that it is "an old file", which contains "personal data of employees", but "does not belong to the Ministry of Justice". The Chancellery filed a complaint on Monday. The investigation was entrusted to the section of fight against cybercrime of the prosecutor of Paris, says the latter to the Parisian. "Contrary to what may have been relayed on some social networks, there is no link established between these names and the kitty for the benefit of the police officer indicted in Nanterre," adds the prosecutor.
Little known until now, the Kromsec group has in the past claimed several hacks targeting public institutions in Morocco or Iran, says Le Monde.