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Newsquest Websites Publish 'Breaking News' Claiming 'Russian Hackers Attack'

Local newspapers published a story which was apparently the work of foreign attackers.

Local and regional newspapers were defaced over the weekend after attackers were able to publish a purported breaking news story on the websites of titles owned by Newsquest Media Group.

According to The Record, the group published a breaking news story titled “PERVOKLASSNIY RUSSIAN HACKERS ATTACK” across several websites, suggesting they use a shared content management system.

An archived version of the East Lothian Courier showed the claimed name of the group in capital letters, a logo, and a byline attributed to “Дэниел Хопкинс” in the Cyrillic alphabet, or “Daniel Hopkins” in English.

The news article did not appear to contain any text.


Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

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