Russian TV was hacked with a message condemning Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The program names on the program page have been replaced with: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their murdered children is on your hands.
“Television and the authorities lie. No to war.”
The news is said to have appeared on Sunday night before Victory Day, according to social media users, when a speech by Mr Putin at a military parade will be broadcast nationwide.
The hack affected viewers of channels broadcast by mobile operator MTS, NTV Plus, Rostelecom and Wink. Three of the providers are owned by the Russian government, while MTS is owned by billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov.
MTS said: “A cyberattack was carried out on Russian TV channels, as a result of which subscribers may have extremist inscriptions in the broadcast network.
“Now our IT specialists immediately eliminate the consequences of a hack so that subscribers can receive services and watch TV programs and films as soon as possible.”
Elsewhere in the Russian media, contributors to a formerly independent news site Lenta.ru changed the text of published articles on Monday to criticize Mr Putin and the war in Ukraine.
More than 10 articles appeared on the site with headlines like: “Putin unleashed one of the bloodiest wars of the 21st century. Record spending on the army didn’t help Russia defeat Ukraine.”
lenta did not comment, but independent Russian news agency media zone printed out a statement lenta Employees Yegor Polyakov and Alexandra Miroshnikova appreciate the articles.
The couple said they were acting to the best of their knowledge and believed they could no longer work lenta.
Russia has been hit by several major media hacks since the invasion of Ukraine, as activists attempted to expose the facts of the war to a protected Russian public.
Hacking group Anonymous targeted Russian state television and streaming services in March, broadcasting footage of the invasion instead of the usual content.
Anonymous also claimed to have hacked printers across Russia to spread anti-propaganda messages.
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