After mechanics of conspiracy, mechanics of journalism and mechanics of politicsFrance Culture explores the mechanics of the cyber threat. In this new series, Maxime Tellier, journalist for France Culture, goes to the heart of the secret, penetrates hyperprotected places, and leads the investigation where the future of France and its defense in cyberspace are decided.
Maxime Tellier will be Guillaume Erner’s guest in Mornings de France Culture on Thursday March 31 at 7:40 a.m.
Data theft, ransomware, espionage, extortion, sabotage… The cyber threat covers an immense spectrum, from delinquency to acts of war. Civilians, military, judicial, private, academic, they are numerous, and in different structures, to be concerned by cyberattacks, their consequences and especially their prevention. Maxime Tellier met them in order to understand the meaning of this new kind of attacks that are now part of our daily lives. He is accompanied in his investigation by the insights of Julien Nocetti, researcher and member of Ifri (French Institute of International Relations), one of the greatest specialists on the subject.
Five episodes immersed in the reality of a virtual threat.
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Episode 1: Cyberwar
“Digital war is declared”, explains the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. For several years, France has had a cyber command based in Rennes and Paris. The first episode of the series begins in Brittany to meet a cyber fighter and ends in Paris with General Didier Tisseyre, commander of the Comcyber.
Episode 2: Democracy in the sights
Cyberattacks also target democracy. The case of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and the Macron leaks in 2017 demonstrated this with hybrid attacks combining digital and influence operations. The Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O and the Director of the SGDSN (General Secretariat for Defense and National Security) Stéphane Bouillon discuss the creation of Viginum, an agency to protect against foreign interference.
Episode 3: Cyber attack victims
In February 2021, the Dax hospital was hit by a cyberattack. A year later, the teams of management, IT services and caregivers recount this ordeal and how they were able to continue to treat their patients. Ransomware attacks also threaten many SMEs, which often go bankrupt. Guillaume Poupard, director of Anssi, the National Information Systems Security Agency, gives an update on the threat.
Episode 4: Justice against cybercriminals
The police, gendarmerie and justice have created specialized services to counter criminals operating online. Maxime Tellier met these cybergendarmes from the C3N (Center for the fight against digital crime) in their premises in Pontoise. At the Paris courthouse, the J3 prosecutor’s office deals with cyber cases, headed by deputy prosecutor Johanna Brousse.
Episode 5: Hackers at the service of society
An ethical hacker tells how he helps companies to get up to speed: he looks for the flaws of his clients who reward him with bonuses. But “cybersecurity is also everyone’s business,” said General Marc Watin-Augouard, who teaches at the Military School in Paris. What about training? The La Défense Cyber Campus, a place bringing together the entire cyber ecosystem, aims to create future French flagships.
Cyber threat mechanicsa series in 5 episodes of 10 minutes
Produced by Maxime Tellierproduced by Annie Brault
Coordination: Gregory Phillips
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