Sansad TV, which broadcasts the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings live, said its YouTube channel was compromised on Tuesday due to unauthorized activity by “some scammers”. The channel was then restored.
“Sansad TV’s YouTube channel and Sansad TV’s live stream on YouTube have been restored,” the broadcaster tweeted hours after his account on the platform posted a message that “this account has been terminated for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines”.
Earlier today, an official statement stated, “Sansad TV’s YouTube channel has been compromised due to unauthorized activities by certain scammers on February 15 (Tuesday 1:00 a.m.), including live streaming on this chain. Additionally, the name of the chain was changed to “Ethereum” (a cryptocurrency) by the attacker.
Sansad TV’s social media team quickly worked on it and restored the channel early in the morning around 3:45 a.m., according to the statement.
India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-ln), the nodal agency responsible for responding to cybersecurity incidents in India, also reported the incident and alerted Sansad TV, he noted.
“However, later YouTube started patching security threats permanently and the channel on the platform needs to be restored as soon as possible (ASAP),” he added.
Sansad TV issued a very brief statement late in the evening announcing the restoration of its YouTube channel.
Sources familiar with the development said that once a complaint is filed with YouTube about a compromised channel, the platform invariably publishes such messages, but wonder why a message about “violation of Community directives” was broadcast for a channel linked to a parliament.
Sansad TV was formed last year by merging Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.
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