“An investigation was opened this day of the counts of fraudulent access to an automated data processing system” but also fraudulent maintenance, introduction of data, fraudulent modification of data, fraudulent extraction of data and obstruction of the operation of such a system, specified the public ministry, Time News reported.
This hack comes eight years almost to the day after the attacks that decimated the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo.
From the same source, the investigations were entrusted to the police officers of the internal intelligence (DGSI) and the Central Office for the fight against crime linked to information and communication technologies.
According to a source familiar with the matter, there was an attack on the commercial website and defacing of the homepage.
Meanwhile, Charlie Hebdo drew a wave of condemnations after it published several insulting cartoons of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a special issue later this week.
The controversial right-wing magazine had in early December announced a competition for producing the cartoons.
Iran’s foreign ministry slapped sanctions against dozens of European individuals and entities, including Charlie Hebdo, on December 12 over their meddlesome measures pertaining to Iran’s internal developments and support for acts of terror in the country.
The French magazine has a long history of publishing derogatory and sacrilegious cartoons in the name of freedom of expression.
Back in September 2020, it republished blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that were first released in 2015, sparking anger and outrage across the Muslim world.
The magazine has also adopted an aggressive anti-Iranian stance since the outbreak of foreign-backed riots in September, releasing some cartoons deemed offensive and insulting by Iranian authorities.