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Bike rage: Paris cyclist shot by pedestrian

Those who have ever dared to cycle through France’s notoriously traffic-clogged capital will know that it carries certain risks. But one unfortunate cyclist in Paris would not have considered gun toting pedestrians among the main dangers.

Bike rage: Paris cyclist shot by pedestrian
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A cyclist in Paris was injured on Monday night after reportedly being shot twice by a pedestrian in the street in the 20th arrondissement, towards the east of the city.

What appears to have begun as an innocuous dispute, the type of which occurs between pedestrians and cyclists in the French capital on daily basis, ended in what police may judge as attempted murder.

Sources close to the investigation say that the shooting occurred happened after an apparent “disagreement” between the cyclist and a pedestrian. The gunman fled the scene and has not been found.

Whether the two knew each other has still to be determined. The cyclist was rushed to a nearby hospital where his life is not believed to be in danger.

“We will have to be careful,” a police source told Le Point news site. “We don’t know if the two men knew each other, nor the reasons for their disagreement.”

The investigation has now been handed over to Paris’s Criminal Investigation Department.

It is the second incident in less than a matter of days in which an apparent innocuous dispute on the capital's roads has descended into violence.

Earlier this month a motorist was left fighting for his life after he was knifed four times in the 16th arrondissement for beeping his horn at a fellow driver at a red light.

The suspected knife wielder was later tracked down near his home.

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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 François 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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