France Euromillions site hit by religious hackers
The French site of the Euromillions lottery has been hacked, with the homepage replaced by a passage from the Koran condemning gambling.
The hackers, calling themselves “Moroccanghosts”, posted the message in Arabic and French.
The Koranic verses call games of chance and alcohol “works of the devil” intended to turn people away from God.
The Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) company, which runs Euromillions in France, said its other games were not affected.
The message appeared on the site late on Sunday morning, according to French media reports.
The site was still unavailable on Sunday evening, although the religious message no longer appeared.
FDJ said in a statement that the pages concerned were in “the process of being put back up”.
It added that none of its games had been compromised by the attack, and neither had any data.
However, FDJ’s corporate pages were also inaccessible on Sunday evening, with users told it was “unavailable due to service requests”, the same message as now appears on the euromillions.fr site.
The Euromillions lottery is played in nine European countries.
THE French site for the EuroMillions lottery has been hacked with warnings denouncing gambling as impure and the work of the devil.
The messages appeared in Arabic and French and blocked the homepage of the lottery in France on Sunday. The hackers identified themselves as “Moroccanghosts”.
The French version of the message said: “Oh you believers. Wine, games of chance, statues all augur impurity and are the work of the devil.”
It exhorted people to quit gambling, saying it was used by the devil along with alcohol to “sow hatred between yourselves and turn you away from God and prayer”.
Gambling and alcohol are forbidden in Islam.
France has a population of 65 million, including an estimated four million Muslims, the largest Islamic population in western Europe.
The EuroMillions lottery, launched in 2004, is now played by nine countries across western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
“moroccanghosts”..cute name..why do they care if people gamble?