Russian TV schedules hacked on VE Day to broadcast anti-war messages


Hackers targeted the program names of Russian TV channels just before Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union in World War II.

The Victory Day event is celebrated to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union in World War II. However, this time, a surprise awaited the Russians watching the Victory Day cover. Someone hacked into the Victory Day coverage program of various Russian channels and posted anti-war and pro-Ukrainian messages.

Anti-war message appears ahead of Putin’s address to the nation

As people waited for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address on Monday morning, the schedule of local TV stations was suddenly changed to show this message:

“The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of murdered children is on your hands. Television and the authorities lie. No to war.

Francis Scarr, senior digital journalist at BBC Monitoring, also tweeted about this incident, explaining that the Russian online TV schedule page was hacked. The name of each program has been replaced with the same message.

Which channels were affected?

The anti-war call came as Russians waited to see the annual Victory Day military parade in Red Square, followed by a speech by Putin. The hack affected online viewers of channels transmitted by mobile operators MTS, Rostelecom, NTV Plus and Wink, while the incident affected Russians across the country.

According BBCall major Russian channels, including NTV-Plus, Rossiya and Channel One, were affected, while The Washington Post claims that the same message appeared on other platforms, including Yandex and Ru tube. In addition, the hack also affected children’s television channels and the Russian Ministry of Defense station Zvezda.

How did the hack take place?

According to Reuters, it is currently unknown how the messages appeared on the live page. However, this is not the first time Russian TV channels have been hacked. In March 2022, as reports, the collective of anonymous hacktivists hacked Russian state television to broadcast gruesome war footage from Ukraine.

“A cyberattack was carried out on Russian TV channels, due to which subscribers may have extremist listings in the broadcast grid. Now our IT specialists quickly eliminate the consequences of hacking so that subscribers can receive services and watch TV programs and movies as quickly as possible, ”said the representative of MTS in Siberia.

Ukraine’s response

Before Vladimir Putin’s speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky published a video to commemorate VE Day with this statement:

“We won then. We will win now too! And Khreshchatyk will see the victory parade – the victory of Ukraine. Glory to Ukraine!”

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