Anonymous 'hacks Russian television' to show support for Ukraine

Hacker collective Anonymous has announced it has hacked Russian television and streaming services to show footage of the Ukraine invasion and anti-war messages.

The group, which officially declared cyberwar with the Russian government after it launched the invasion late last month, shared a clip of the hack on its Twitter account.

"The hacking collective Anonymous hacked into the Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi (like Netflix) and live TV channels Russia 24, Channel One, Moscow 24 to broadcast war footage from Ukraine," the group said.

According to media reports, the anti-war text asked Russians to "oppose the genocide in Ukraine".

"We are ordinary citizens of Russia. We oppose the war on the territory of Ukraine," it said.

"Russia and the Russians against the war.  This war was waged by [Vladimir] Putin's criminal, authoritarian regime on behalf of ordinary Russian citizens."

In another social media post, the collective announced it "stands with the Ukrainian people".

"We stand with the Russian people who oppose the dictator Putin," it continued.

"We stand with all of the people in the world who crave changing this insane rock into a better place for all of us to live."

As Ukrainian troops fight against invaders in the country, the response from technology companies to isolate Russia has been relatively swift.

Apple was among the first to withdraw its products from sale in Russia, saying it was "deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence".

Google, Facebook and Twitter have also taken actions to stop the spread of misinformation using their platforms, with the world largely condemning Putin's actions.

Google even stopped showing live traffic information in Ukraine because it could be used to show fleeing Ukranians.

Netflix and TikTok have now joined those taking a stand.

After being ordered to add state-run channels to its Russian service and refusing, Netflix announced it was stopping all projects based in Russia last week.

It then announced on Sunday, US time, it was suspending streaming to Russian subscribers completely.

"Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia," a Netflix spokesperson said.

Technology companies continue to take action against Russia following Putin's widely condemned invasion of Ukraine.

Meanwhile TikTok revealed it was suspending live-streaming and video uploading within Russia as it reviews a new media law signed by Putin.

"TikTok is an outlet for creativity and entertainment that can provide a source of relief and human connection during a time of war when people are facing immense tragedy and isolation," the company said on Twitter.

"In light of Russia's new 'fake news' law, we have no choice but to suspend livestreaming and new content to our video service while we review the safety implications of this law."