Hackers interrupt Eurovision webcast in Israel with missile attack alert

Hackers interrupt Eurovision webcast in Israel with missile attack alert

The targeted broadcaster is blaming hackers from Hamas for the attack.

The official website of Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) telecasting webcast of Eurovision 2019 event in Tel Aviv was briefly hacked and defaced by unknown hackers on Tuesday 14th.


The hackers left a deface page along with a two minutes video message interrupting the ongoing broadcast with content against Israel. One of the messages also displayed fake missile attack alert triggering panic among viewers.



“Israel is NOT safe. You Will See! and Warning: Risk of Missile Attack Please Take Shelter,” the deface message said.



According to the Times of Israel, the missile attack message was sent in such a way that it looked as if it was an official warning from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).


Furthermore, the video message warned people at the Eurovision event to seek shelter from the rocket attack in case they are within 1.2 kilometers of the venue.

A full preview of the deface page is available below:



Although it is unclear who is behind this cyber attack, KAN has acknowledged the hack and claimed that Hamas is responsible for the attack. It must be noted that on May 6th, Israeli authorities claimed to attack a building that allegedly served as the hub of Hamas’s cyber operations.


“We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast but I am ..