The stay broadcast of a preferred on-line information channel in Assam was swapped with the picture of a Pakistani flag, a hymn for Prophet Muhammad and tickers studying ‘Respect Holy Prophet’ in a cyberattack this week that appeared linked to the outcry over remarks by former BJP spokespersons concerning the Prophet.
A Pakistan-based hacking group ‘Revolution PK’ has been blamed for the cyberattack on the YouTube account of Time8, which is a digital information community primarily based out of Assam with greater than 7 million followers on completely different social media platforms and common month-to-month video views of over 600 million.
On June 9, throughout a stay information stream, Time8’s transmission was interrupted throughout a breaking information section.
Utpal Kanta, founder and managing editor of Time8 Digital Information Community, mentioned, “The self-claimed Pakistani hacker group, Revolution PK, briefly hacked Time8 YouTube channel in the course of the stay stream and changed the information broadcast with the Pakistani flag and ran ‘Respect Holy Prophet’ tickers. That is an act of cyberterrorism, and we condemn the incident within the strongest phrases and likewise specific our concern over the matter, which pertains to nationwide safety.”
“It was discovered that hackers not solely meant to illegally specific their non secular views on the channel but in addition meant to defame the channel and India as they leaked the hacked a part of movies on Twitter and Fb and Pakistani Twitter customers expressed their pleasure by tweeting in favour of Revolution PK and lauding them for hacking our channel TIME8,” Mr Kanta mentioned.
Time8 mentioned the community has alerted authorities and filed a grievance with the Guwahati police. The grievance is presently being investigated.
Former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and one other chief, Naveen Kumar Jindal, had triggered a serious backlash over their controversial feedback final month concerning the Prophet that additionally angered a number of Muslim international locations.
Whereas Ms Sharma was suspended for six months, Mr Jindal was expelled by the BJP over the remarks. The Indian authorities mentioned the feedback, which got here from two spokespersons of India’s ruling occasion, represented views of “fringe components”.
Protests and clashes have taken place in a number of cities throughout India towards the remarks.