Latvian TV breached by Russian hackers to broadcast Victory Day parade in Moscow


Russian Hackers Hijack Latvian TV Transmissions: Victory Day Parade in Moscow Broadcast Involuntarily

In a bizarre turn of events, thousands of Latvians found themselves watching the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on Thursday morning, thanks to a cyberattack orchestrated by Russian hackers. The attack targeted television channels broadcast by Balticom, causing a temporary loss of control over retransmissions.

Ivars Abolinš, the chairman of the National Electronic Mass Media Council, confirmed that the hackers hijacked the transmissions, leading to the broadcast of the May 9th military parade in Moscow on all of Balticom’s rebroadcast television programs. The attack was not directly aimed at Balticom but rather at a content delivery partner based in Bulgaria, whose interactive TV server was compromised.

Authorities suspect that this incident is part of Russia’s ongoing hybrid war tactics, with, an Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution, warning that such provocations are likely to continue in the future. Despite the breach, only around 5% of Balticom’s subscribers were exposed to the manipulated footage of the parade.

This is not the first time such an incident has occurred in the region, as just last month, songs and propaganda clips from Russian artists were played on the Tet platform during a live broadcast of the Ukrainian channel Freedom. Investigations into the cyberattack are ongoing, with working closely with Balticom to determine how the hackers were able to breach the servers in Bulgaria.

As cyber threats continue to evolve, it is crucial for organizations to remain vigilant and enhance their cybersecurity measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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