Two men were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at the main food market in the southern city of Nice on Friday morning.

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Two dead in food market shooting

Two men were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at the main food market in the southern city of Nice on Friday morning.

BFM TV reported that a man armed with an automatic weapon walked into a flower shop at around 7.20am and began shooting.

Two employees were shot dead and a third man, believed to be the shop’s owner, was shot in the knees.

The hooded attacker fled the scene.

Le Figaro named the two dead men as Stéphane Tixier and Amadéo Titeux and said both were known to the police and involved in organised crime.

All the men were aged between 40 and 50.

Police are studying closed circuit footage to see whether the attacker and an accomplice can be identified.

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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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