Hacktivists Interrupt UAE TV Streams With a Message About Gaza


On Sunday night in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), hackers took over television streams around the country to broadcast an AI-delivered message about the war in Gaza.

According to the Khaleej Times, the attack affected “European live channels” streaming on the HK1 RBOX, an Android-based set-top box. Emiratis watching the BBC, quiz shows, and more around 10:30 p.m. local time were jolted by sudden graphics and messages decrying the events taking place 1,500 miles northwest.

Though shocking in effect, to Ken Munro, partner at Pen Test Partners, the actual method of attack isn’t surprising.