The name of the Sansad TV YouTube channel was erroneously changed to Ethereum.
Sansad TV, which broadcasts live coverage of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, said its YouTube channel was hacked on Tuesday as a result of “some scamsters'” unauthorised activities. Later, the channel was restored.
“Sansad TV YouTube Channel and live streaming of Sansad TV on YouTube has been restored,” the broadcaster tweeted hours after its account on the platform was suspended due to “violation of YouTube’s community guidelines.”
An official statement earlier in the day started, “Sansad TV’s YouTube channel was hacked on February 15 (Tuesday 1 am) as a result of unauthorised activities by some scammers, including live streaming. The attacker also changed the channel’s name to “Ethereum” (a cryptocurrency) “..
The channel was restored by early morning at around 3.45 a.m., according to a statement from Sansad TV’s social media team.
The incident was also reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-ln), which is the nodal agency for responding to cyber security incidents in India, according to the report.
“However, YouTube has since begun permanently addressing the security threats, and the channel on the platform will be restored ASAP (as soon as possible),” it continued.
Late last night, Sansad TV issued a brief statement announcing the return of its YouTube channel.
Sources familiar with the situation said that when YouTube receives a complaint about a channel being hacked, the platform invariably posts such messages, but that they were perplexed as to why a message about “community guideline violation” was posted for a channel linked to a parliament.
Last year, Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV merged to form Sansad TV.