Russian TV Schedules Hacked on Victory Day to Show Anti-War Messages

Hackers targeted Russian television channels’ program names right before Vladimir Putin’s speech on Victory Day to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union in WWII.

Victory Day event is celebrated to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union in WWII. However, this time a surprise was in store for Russians watching the Victory Day coverage. Someone hacked various Russian channels’ Victory Day coverage schedule and posted anti-war and pro-Ukrainian messages.  

Anti-War Message Appears Ahead of Putin’s Address to Nation

As people were waiting to hear the address of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday morning, local television channels’ schedule was suddenly altered to display this message:

 “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of murdered children is on your hands. TV and the authorities are lying. No to war.”

BBC Monitoring’s senior digital journalist Francis Scarr also tweeted about this incident, explaining that the online Russian TV schedule page got hacked. Every program’s name was changed to the same message.

Which channels were Affected?

The anti-war call appeared when Russians were waiting to watch the annual Victory Day military parade on Red Square, followed by an address by Putin. The hacking affected online viewers of

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