Eurovision 2022: Russian-friendly hackers are trying to manipulate the vote

Eurovision 2022: Russian-friendly hackers are trying to manipulate the vote

Italian police say two Russian-friendly hackers have tried to disrupt audience voting at the Eurovision Song Contest. As is known, Ukraine won the competition thanks to its overwhelming support in the public vote, while Russia was disqualified after its invasion of Ukraine.

Italian police – whose race this year was held in Italy – said hacker group Killnet was targeting the first semi-final match, in which Ukraine also took part, as well as Saturday’s Grand Final. But they said their cyber security department prevented the attacks.

Diverse DDOS-type cyber attacks targeting network infrastructures are dismantled during polls and performers

– It was reported to the police.

Competition in Ukraine cloche The band won Stefania Which achieved a landslide victory in the public vote.

Meanwhile, according to the Eurovision organizers, there were “irregular voting habits” in the judging panels in six countries. This meant replacing the results of the jury in the semi-finals and grand finals with a grand total that would replace the result calculated by the organizers based on the results of other countries with similar voting results.

“Following the second rehearsal for the second semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, pan-European voting partner of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), jury voting analysis identified six irregular voting patterns in six countries,” the statement said. “The European Broadcasting Union takes the suspicion of vote tampering in the Eurovision Song Contest seriously and reserves the right to remove these votes in accordance with official voting guidelines, regardless of whether such votes are likely to affect the outcome and/or outcome of the vote.”

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BBC Notesthat in the final, the scores of the jury from Azerbaijan, Romania and Georgia will be replaced by the usual national representatives; Martin Osterdal, followed by the CEO of Eurovision. A European Broadcasting Union spokesman did not respond with further details.

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