20th June 2007
A Czech webcam was streaming lovely pastoral pictures of a local beauty
spot, until hackers gained access and inserted pictures of the area
being "nuked". Unfortunately, the video was also then broadcast live on
The incident occurred on Sunday morning on Czech TV programme Panorama.
Hackers interrupted the regular webcam transmission with video "footage"
of a nuclear explosion.
The stunt was pulled by a group of "artists" known as Ztohoven .
Their website promptly went offline as massive numbers of users
investigated the pranksters.
The group released a statement on their MySpace page  to tell people
they were not terrorists or a political group and their goal was not
"somehow to frighten the society, or to manipulate it, as we see it
everyday in real world and in media [sic]."
"We think that a slight violation of this system, could work as a way to
shaken men, whose mental independence should never be affected in
democratic lands," the statement read.
Security experts warned that this type of hacking demonstrates the
security vulnerabilities involved when transmitting information across
"Internet-delivered broadcasts and internet TV transmissions are still
in their infancy, but this doesn't stop hackers from attacking weak
points in the transmission infrastructure," says Geoff Sweeney, chief
technology officer of behavioural analysis software company Tier-3.
You can watch footage of the "explosion" here :
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