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Russian hacker hacks Russian TV

Date: December 13, 2005
Source: Computer Crime Research Center

A computer hacker drove the Kremlin's new English-language television channel off air today in a major embarrassment for the station just two days after it started broadcasting.

Russia Today presents news from a Russian perspective and is designed to counteract what the Kremlin sees as an unfairly critical approach to Russia in the foreign media.

Before going off air, it showed reports on the new parliament in Chechnya and the Russian constitution, but broadcasting was dogged by technical glitches.

The screen froze several times, and at least one news package was played out of sequence.

"There was an attempted invasion of the computer system, which gave rise to viruses, which led to break-downs in transmission," Margarita Simonyan, the channel's editor-in-chief, said.
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