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Pro-Ukraine Hackers Take Over Surveillance Cameras in Russia and Transmit Zelensky's Speech


May 12, 2023

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Pro-Ukraine Hackers Take Over Surveillance Cameras in Russia and Transmit Zelensky's Speech

Unknown hackers have managed to compromise many surveillance cameras across Russia and transmit a message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Russian, followed by a patriotic song.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the two countries have exchanged cyberattacks. The only major difference is that Ukraine has the help of the Western world, which is reflected in cyberspace and on the battlefield.

Groups from around the world have attacked Russian infrastructure with varying success. Along with Ukraine's Volunteer IT Army, they've attacked websites and online resources belonging to the governments of Belarus and Russia.

This latest attack didn't target websites or other official institutions but instead hit surveillance cameras across Russia. According to a Korrespondent report, unknown hackers compromised surveillance cameras in Russia, in Abakan, Samara, Irkutsk, Moscow, Makhachkala, Perm, Ramenskoye, and other cities.

Attackers used the access to broadcast Zelensky's Russian-language speech that encourages people to fight the system.

"To those who understand only Russian. If you want to live - run! If you want to live - surrender! If you want to live - fight on your streets for your freedom!" the Ukrainian president said.

The speech was followed by a patriotic Ukrainian song, eliciting interesting reactions from many Russians, including some who started to dance. Nexta even made a compilation of recordings from several affected surveillance cameras.

According to the same publication, hackers also figured out a way to compromise the Russian television broadcast of the parade in Moscow, replacing the audio with the words "Glory to Ukraine!." Viewers in St. Petersburg heard this version of the broadcast.




Silviu is a seasoned writer who followed the technology world for almost two decades, covering topics ranging from software to hardware and everything in between.

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