Thieves botch raid on luxury Paris flat belonging to Bin Laden family

There was no luck for the would-be burglars of the swanky Paris apartment belonging to the Bin Laden family.

Thieves botch raid on luxury Paris flat belonging to Bin Laden family
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A swanky 200 metre squared apartment in Paris belonging to the Bin Laden family was the scene of a botched robbery on Friday, reported RTL radio
The suspects managed to climb through the roof and into the fourth floor apartment on Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissment, but things then went sour from the would-be robbers, it seems. 
Not only was the vault inside the home empty, but so was the entire apartment, the channel reported.
Police have launched an investigation. 
Paris has played host to several high profile robberies of late. 
US reality TV star Kim Kardashian was tied up and robbed of jewellery worth around €9 million ($9.5 million) in October.
A month later, two Qatari women were held up on a motorway outside Paris and robbed of valuables worth more than five million euros.

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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.