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Funeral for boy killed in washing machine

A three-year-old boy who was killed in a washing machine is to be burried on Tuesday in Germigny-l'Evêque near Paris. His 33-year-old father had stuffed him into a washing machine and switched it on.

The victim, Bastien, is to be burried at 3.00pm as an investigation continues into why social services were unable to prevent the death of the young boy.

On Sunday, 200 people marched to honour Bastien in the small town of Germagny-l’Evêque. The demonstrators held white roses and marched in silence, according to daily La Dépêche. Bastien’s grand-father Noël Cotte was at the march and thanked the participants.

Bastien was killed at the end of November when his father, Christophe Champenois, put him into a washing machine and switched it on. His father wanted to punish him for misbehaving at nursery school.

Champenois has been charged with the “murder of a minor” and the boy’s mother was charged with failing to prevent a crime and failing to assist a person in danger.

A source close to the investigation into the child’s death said Bastien was repeatedly abused by his father. The social services had been monitoring the family since 2006, but had received no reports of abuse according to daily France Soir.

Junior family minister Claude Greff launched an investigation last week into why social services failed to protect the child.

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Hackers post French hospital patient data online

Hackers who crippled a French hospital and stole a trove of data last month have released personal records of patients online, officials have confirmed.

Hackers post French hospital patient data online

The cyberattackers demanded a multimillion dollar ransom from the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital near Paris a month ago, but the institution refused to pay.

The hospital said the hackers had now dumped medical scans and lab analyses along with the social security numbers of patients.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the unspeakable disclosure of hacked data,” health minister Fran├žois Braun tweeted on Sunday.

Hospitals around the world have been facing increasing attacks from ransomware groups, particularly since the pandemic stretched resources to breaking point.

The problem has been acute in France, where officials estimated early last year that healthcare institutions were facing on average an attack every week.

President Emmanuel Macron last year called the attacks during the pandemic a “crisis within a crisis” and announced an extra one billion euros for cybersecurity.

During last month’s attack, the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital shut down its emergency services and sent many patients to other institutions.

At one point, officials said the only technology still working was the telephone.

Rather than selling the trove of data, the hacker has dumped at least some of it for download on the “dark web” — a hidden part of the internet that requires special software to access.

Analysts said it seemed to be a tactic to put pressure on the hospital, even though public institutions are banned by French law from paying ransoms.

Cybersecurity researcher Damien Bancal, who revealed the leak and has seen the files, told AFP the worry is that other criminals will now launch scams with the data that has already been divulged.

In response to the leak on the weekend, the hospital severely restricted access to its systems and told patients to be extremely vigilant when receiving emails, text messages or phone calls.

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