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Two men jailed after ‘Charlie Hebdo 2’ scare

Two men have been sent to prison after their "joke" about kicking off a "second" Charlie Hebdo attack while on a train in France saw them arrested.

Two men jailed after 'Charlie Hebdo 2' scare
The two men have been sentenced to prison for their threats. Photo: AFP
The French public were still on high alert on Sunday morning after a terror attack was thwarted on a Paris-bound train on Friday. 
 
Perhaps with this in mind, two men in their early twenties thought it would be a laugh to threaten a terror attack on another train, this one bound for Mantes-la-Jolie, north west of Paris.
 
The men, aged 22 and 23, told passengers on the train that “everything was about to blow up” and that they would kick off a “Charlie Hebdo 2”, referring to the terror attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris in January that left 12 dead.
 
The pair reportedly asked train passengers if they were Muslim, telling them to clear out quickly if this were the case to be spared.
 
One witness told Le Parisien that the men claimed to have put a bomb under one of the seats.
 
Terrified passengers alerted the driver, who stopped the train and waited for police. 
 
The men were promptly arrested, and by Monday evening were sentenced to three years and 18 months of prison respectively for glorifying terrorist acts (apologie d'actes terroriste). 
 
One of the men, named as Taoufik by the paper, claimed that he was drunk at the time, and didn't remember a thing. His companion, meanwhile, claimed he wasn't involved at all. Investigators found that while the men had alcohol in their blood stream, it wasn't excessive. 
 
During the court hearing, Taoufik also claimed his actions were sparked after another passenger made a racist remark to him.
 
However, the Nanterre judge ignored the men's pleas in his verdict on Monday, making reference to Friday's foiled attack.
 
“If it wasn't for the intervention of some young Americans then there would have been a massacre,” the judge said, referring to the foiled terror attack on Friday, reported Europe 1 radio.
 
“And by Sunday, you think it's funny to tell people there is a bomb on the train? Do you have any idea of the trauma that you have caused?”

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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