As Vladimir Putin spoke live on Russian television, hackers broadcast several anti-war messages on the screen.
After Anonymous who officially declared cyberwar on Russia, a new computer attack – this time not claimed – has just hit the country. During Vladimir Putin’s WWII commemoration speech, the head of the Kremlin spoke live on Russian television. If nothing interrupted the politician and his reinforced security, the viewers who followed the event from the web discovered information in total contradiction with the political speech delivered.
The blood of thousands of Ukrainians (…) is on your hands
This morning the online Russian TV schedule page was hacked
The name of every program was changed to “On your hands is the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and their hundreds of murdered children. TV and the authorities are lying. No to war”
—Francis Scarr (@francis_scarr)
On several local channels which broadcast the speech live, Francis Scarr, journalist at the BBC, posted on Twitter several images and videos of what appears to be a mass hack. The information banners and the names of the different programs of the day had thus been replaced by a meaningful message: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands. The television and the authorities are lying to you. No to war”.
It must be said that since the beginning of the Ukrainian invasion, Russian propaganda keeps the people in comfortable ignorance. Under cover of an anti-disinformation law, the Kremlin has made it punishable by imprisonment for the simple act of spreading ideas contrary to the country’s official discourse. A radical turn that would have already led to 15,000 imprisonments in the country, reports the Russian NGO OVD.
For the moment, Anonymous has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack, contenting itself simply with relaying a video displaying the list of channels targeted by the attack. However, this would not be the first time that the collective has directly attacked the Moscow media. In any case, the initiative remains symbolic: while Vladimir Putin gave a commemorative speech in tribute to the victory of the USSR over the Nazi armed forces, eyes were more riveted on Ukraine.