Hackers hit site broadcasting Eurovision semi-finals

May 15, 2019 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Hackers were successful on Tuesday night in publishing anti-Israel messages on the official online site broadcasting the Eurovision song contest’s first semi-finals that were held in Tel Aviv.

The Kan Broadcaster stated that the site was hacked for a few minutes and that the anti-Israel messages were not seen by many people.

“The European Broadcasting Union and the Kan the Israel Broadcasting Corporation regard cybersecurity as very important and the subject is being examined,” the Israeli broadcaster stated.

The cyber-attack was reportedly caused by the opening of a YouTube phishing channel in which hostile messages were broadcast and emanated from an Arab country.

The semi-finals themselves were lauded as a spectacular Israel success and featured previous Israeli Eurovision winners Netta Barzilai and Dana International.

The finals will take place on Saturday night, and Israeli forces are on high alert fearing that Gaza-based terror groups will attack Tel Aviv during the event.

Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke has reached the final of Eurovision.

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