Anonymous hacks Russian TV to broadcast censored Ukraine war footage live on air

Hacking group Anonymous claims it has tampered with several Russian TV channels and streaming services to broadcast harrowing footage from the war in Ukraine.

The hackers previously declared a "cyber war" against Vladimir Putin's country when his forces first crossed the Ukrainian border.

Taking to Twitter yesterday evening they posted footage of the alleged attack on Russian TV, alongside a caption which read: "The hacking collective #Anonymous today hacked into the Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi (like Netflix) and live TV channels Russia 24, Channel One, Moscow 24 to broadcast war footage from #Ukraine. #TangoDown #OpRussia."

The clip onscreen showed the skyline of a Ukrainian town gripped by war before cutting to a man filming an unexploded Russian missile sticking out of a road.

An anti-war message then popped up claiming that "ordinary Russians are against the war".

Shortly after the first update another Anonymous account tweeted claiming that "all Russian-state TV channels have been hacked" with more photos of onscreen messages.

TV channels aren't Anonymous' first victim in the "cyber war" against Putin, whose government is understood to be trying to keep most information about the Ukraine invasion from Russian citizens.

Websites of the Russian government, the Kremlin and the Russian defence ministry, as well as Russian companies such as Gazprom, have also been hit.

The group use a sophisticated cyber attack known as 'distributed denial-of-service' (DDoS) to take down websites.

This involves flooding a site with hundreds of computer systems so that it is overwhelmed and nobody else can access it.

In their chilling message to Putin last month the group's now iconic masked frontman said: “Mr Putin, the ongoing invasion of Ukraine has shown that your regime has no respect for human rights or the self determination of your neighbours.

“In the past several days a full scale invasion has commenced, civilian neighbourhoods have been bombed and innocent people have been killed.

“Members of Anonymous have declared cyber war against your aggressive regime, with numerous government websites being taken offline in the past several days.

“A few downed websites is only the beginning, though. Soon you will feel the full wrath of the world’s hackers, many of whom will likely reside from your home country.

“Your secrets may no longer be safe and there is a chance that key components of your government’s infrastructure could be hijacked.

“The people of the world will resist you every step of the way. This is not a war that you can win, regardless of how powerful you think you are. We are Anonymous. We are legion. Expect us.”

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