Russia Today’s website defaced in ‘Nazi’ hack attack

The website of the Russia Today (RT) news agency was defaced by hackers for a period of time overnight.

Russia Today website

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”.

The news agency is no stranger to criticism from those who dislike its anti-American/pro-Kremlin leanings, and it seems hard to believe that the hack was not provoked by the escalating crisis in Ukraine, after the Russia government approved the deployment of its troops.

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As is so often the case, real-life conflict can spill over to internet attacks.

In case anyone was unsure as to whether the defaced headlines on the Russia Today website were legitimate or not, the media outlet tweeted to its followers confirming it had suffered a hack.

The website has since been restored to normal. Let’s hope that any security holes have been plugged, and if poor password security was to blame for the security breach that lessons have been learnt.

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