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Pensioner ‘kills 80-year-old wife over love affair’

An 83-year-old man allegedly strangled his 80-year-old wife in an apparent crime of passion at the weekend, shortly after she had admitted to him that she had a new lover, according to reports in the French media.

Pensioner 'kills 80-year-old wife over love affair'
Pensioner 83, has been held on suspicion of killing his 80-year-old wife. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

The shocking incident took place in the Paris suburb of Maisons Alfort on Saturday afternoon.

According to reports the husband and wife, both in their 80s were walking in the garden of the residence where they lived in the suburb to the south of Paris.

According to French media reports as they strolled through the gardens the woman broke the news to her husband, whom she had been married to for decades, that she had another lover.

The man then reportedly flew into a rage and hit his wife with several blows to her head. The 80-year-old woman then grabbed a rope and threatened to commit suicide if he did not stop attacking her.

But out of control with anger, her husband is believed to have grabbed the rope and then strangled his wife.

He was immediately taken into custody by police, who have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged murder.

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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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