Russian Smart TVs Under Attack: No to War

Cyberwar security The war has targeted Smart TVs and the RuTube service: Russia hit in the hours of the Victory Day celebrations. Precisely on that 9 May that Putin had indicated as a possible end date of the war, in conjunction with the celebrations for the Victory Day over Nazi Germany, the country suffered a new cyber attack. This time it was the local platforms on which Smart TVs and some online services are based. This is a new chapter of cyberwar that, for over two months now, has been fought between Russia and Ukraine, consequently involving other countries and the global hacker community. The war is also fought on Smart TVs As reported by the Washington Post, Russian citizens intent on consulting the list of channels and program schedules on their televisions have been confronted with this message. The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and that of hundreds of killed children are on your hands. The televisions and the authorities are lying. No to war. In the same hours, other platforms were hit. Among these, some controlled by the giant Yandex and the local alternative to YouTube managed by Gazprom: RuTube. Below is the press release on the incident disseminated through the official Telegram channel. After what happened to the sites of several Russian ministers, constantly under attack in the last two months, the hackers have reached RuTube. Our video hosting service has taken a heavy hit. At the moment it is not possible to access the platform. The specialists have identified the accident and are working to ensure safety. We will announce the timing of the restore as soon as possible. The restoration work began immediately after identifying the accident. RuTube confirms that third parties have not been able to access the video archive. The entire library, including user content, is still present in the service. The Russian cyber-counter-offensive, if it can be defined as such, is moving forward with campaigns based on malware and phishing. A recent report published by Google's Threat Analysis Group discovered and documented them.