Alleged Russian Hackers Overtook UK-Based Islam Channel in 2015 – Reports

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A report surfaced on Friday alleging that purported Russian hackers took “complete control” of a small TV station in the UK three years ago; this adds fuel to a controversy sparked by hacking accusations from the UK, the US, and the Netherlands against Russia.

In 2015, alleged Russian agents affiliated with the military intelligence service GRU hacked the Islam Channel, a UK-based Islam-focused TV station, Financial Times claims, citing a spokesperson for the broadcaster.

The channel’s senior executives had been unaware of the attack until they were contacted by the Home Office. “They (the Home Office) then put us in touch with another agency, which informed us there was a cyberattack on our IT infrastructure.”

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The unnamed agency reportedly told the Islam Channel that the attack had been carried out at the “state level.” It then took the broadcaster “a good few months” to tackle the effects of the alleged attack whose reasons remain unclear.

“They had complete control,” the spokesperson said. “They could see everything we were doing. For many weeks, we couldn’t send or receive emails. We felt powerless.”

The comments came on the heels of fresh hacking accusations against Russia from Western countries, which Moscow dismissed as “spy mania.” On Thursday, the US Justice Department announced charges against seven alleged Russian military intelligence officials…

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