An Australian TV station had to cancel much of its live programming on Sunday due to an ‘unprecedented cyber attack’.
Security experts claim that “ Russian hackers ” tried to prevent Monday’s episode of Under Investigation from airing on Channel Nine.
Another source who spoke on condition of anonymity told ABC News that Nine’s management told staff that a “ malicious ” cyber attack was the likely cause.
The network said the episode will “ expose Vladimir Putin’s deadly campaign of chemical murder of his enemies ” in the West.
The broadcast, hosted by Liz Hayes, also revealed “Russia’s ongoing development of banned toxins and nerve agents in secret laboratories.”
Russia’s relations with Western governments are the lowest since the Cold War, marred by allegations of election interference and sweeping cyber-attacks.
TVBlackbox, a news website, released a statement from the network, which was issued to Nine staff and the media, confirming a cyber attack.
In the statement, nine representatives said they have “ contingencies ” to ensure the NRL contest and news bulletins are aired.
TV Blackbox reports that the technical malfunctions, according to security experts, were orchestrated by ‘Russian hackers’ who wanted to stop Monday’s broadcast of Under Investigation, which focuses on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pictured: Host Liz Hayes
Security experts claim that “ Russian hackers ” tried to prevent Monday’s episode of Under Investigation from airing on Channel Nine. The network said the episode will “ expose the deadly campaign of chemical murder of Vladimir Putin ”
“We would like to inform you that there has been a cyber attack on our systems that disrupted live broadcasts from Nine Sydney (1 Denison),” he said.
As a result, we weren’t able to get Weekend Today aired this morning, but hit several contingencies to ensure the NRL and our 6pm bulletins continue. Our IT teams work around the clock to fully restore our systems, which mainly affected our Broadcast and Corporate business units.
Publishing and radio systems will remain operational.
“While our IT teams are solving this problem, we ask that all employees, in all markets, work from home until further notice.”
Nine journalist Alicia Loxley also said, “Cyber hackers have attacked Channel Nine in a massive ransomware attack that is shutting down its network across Australia.
“No one has claimed responsibility for the bug, but IT experts are working to get systems back online.”
TV Blackbox quoted “security experts” as telling the network that the attack likely came from Russia “because of the sophistication of the hack.”
Monday’s episode of the current affairs series, hosted by Liz Hayes, aims to “ expose Vladimir Putin’s deadly chemical assassination campaign against his enemies on the streets of Western countries. ”
However, the episode is pre-recorded and will air as scheduled on Monday evenings.
Nine is currently in the process of getting its live programming back on the air, with the Today show and news bulletins continuing.
Channel Nine canceled much of its programming on Sunday due to an “ unprecedented cyber attack. ” Pictured: hosts Rebecca Maddern, Richard Wilkins and Jayne Azzopardi
In a statement, nine representatives said, ‘We would like to inform you that a cyber attack has taken place on our systems that disrupted live broadcasts from Nine Sydney’
It follows messages that President Putin has launched a terrifying new campaign to silence critics of his authoritarian regime – six of whom live in Britain.
An anonymous Russian intelligence officer who warned Salisbury novichok victim Sergei Skripal that it was targeted by the Kremlin has spoken out to warn dissidents that they are on the president’s so-called ‘death list’.
The six anti-Putin opponents living in Britain include businessman Bill Browder and former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who achieved world fame after the release of his seedy and discredited Trump file.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Moscow as an “active threat” to British security and, in response, promised to increase the nuclear weapons limit.
US President Joe Biden declined to apologize after calling the Russian leader a “ murderer ” amid an escalating war of words between the two countries.
President Putin snapped back by wishing his American counterpart “good health” and recalling the Russian ambassador from the United States.
Vladimir Putin (pictured) got one step closer to becoming ‘president for life’ when Russian MPs passed a law that would keep him in power until 2036
Last week, the Kremlin strongman took a step closer to becoming ‘president for life’ when Russian MPs passed a law that would let him remain in power until 2036.
President Putin was due to be removed from office in 2024, but last year he gained public support to amend the constitution and pave the way for two more terms.
The necessary legislation has now passed through the lower house of the Russian parliament and only needs to pass through the upper chamber before Putin can sign it into law.
President Putin, who has been in power for more than 20 years, would qualify for another two six-year terms that would take him to 2036.