Hackers Replace 'Russian' with 'Nazi' on Russia Today

RT itself includes such reports: "We all know what that Nazi gang [in Kiev] is capable of. I am sorry that respectable politicians in Kiev decided to settle their scores with the help of that terrible force,” said Vladimir Konstantinov, speaker of Crimea's parliament. GlobalResearch reported yesterday, "The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis."

It seems likely that pro-Kiev supporters have responded by hacking RT and altering headlines to describe Russians and Russia-supporters as Nazis themselves. The Hacker News (THN) provides some examples. One headline was altered to read, "Russian Senators Vote To Use Stabilizing Nazi Forces on Ukrainian territory." Another was altered to read, “Up to 143,000 Nazis requested asylum in Russia in two weeks."

Although the hackers are not known, THN postulates that it might be related to the Anonymous #OpRussia campaign. Russia Today is funded by the Russian government, and is generally considered to be pro-Putin in its outlook. "Anonymous hackers are hacking and defacing hundreds of Russian websites today."

"Although there’s no indication that the hackers managed to steal sensitive information, they clearly gained control to the website’s content management system, changing headlines so references to 'Russia' and 'Russians' were replaced with the words 'Nazi' and 'Nazis,'" notes Graham Cluley.

This seems to be a close copy of the tactics used by the Syrian Electronic Army, seeking propaganda rather than actual damage. It is likely that the hack was achieved using SEA tactics: socially engineering (spear-phishing) one or more RT employees into handing over log-in credentials for RT's content management system. It is unlikely, however, that SEA was directly involved since Russia has proved one of Syria's few but staunchest allies.

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