Hackers Broadcast Controversial Anti-War Video on Russian TV Providers

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.12 - 2024 10:07 AM CET

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Hackers infiltrate Russian TV networks, broadcasting a provocative anti-war video criticizing Putin and stirring digital warfare tensions.

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Hackers commandeered the airwaves of various Russian TV providers, broadcasting a contentious video that harshly criticizes Vladimir Putin and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The incident, which has grabbed headlines and caused considerable stir, comes amidst escalating tensions and digital warfare in the region.

The Content that Shook the Airwaves

The video in question, highlighted by "Novaya Gazeta Europe," features a voiceover describing Russian soldiers in the war as "maniacs, pedophiles, and cannibals," allegedly showcased as heroes to schoolchildren.

The narration refers to Putin as a "grey man," selected by the "Yeltsin family" for his "mediocrity and subservience."

This bold messaging was spread after hackers infiltrated the broadcast systems of "LinkTelecom" in Nizhny Novgorod among other providers, leading to a temporary shutdown that has yet to be fully resolved.

Cyberattacks Span Beyond Borders

This isn't an isolated incident. Residents from Bashkortostan, Orenburg, Omsk, and Irkutsk regions also reported similar interruptions.

Adding to the complexity, "Detector Media" notes that Ukrainian channels faced cyberattacks too.

Hackers infiltrated major networks like StarLightMedia and "Inter," where they broadcast footage of the Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square.

In a reciprocal digital strike, websites of Ukrainian educational institutions were hacked by a group known as "Kilobyte V," displaying greetings for May 9, Victory Day, along with quotes from Putin about the brotherhood of the two nations.

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has extended into the digital realm, affecting civilians and stirring national sentiments on both sides.

While these cyberattacks showcase the hackers' capabilities to disrupt and deliver messages, they also raise questions about the security of critical digital infrastructure in times of conflict.

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