‘Nuclear’ TV Hackers could face Jail

4 01 2008

A group of Czech artists who inserted a nuclear explosion into a national weather broadcast have been told by a local prosecutor they could be sent to jail.

The six hackers are accused of hacking into equipment broadcasting a live panoramic shot of mountains last June.

A flash of bright light could be seen followed by a fiery mushroom cloud on the horizon.

The group, who last month won an award from Prague’s National Gallery, face charges of spreading false information.

The six, who call themselves “Ztohoven”, claim that the aim of the project – called Media Reality – was to show how reality can be manipulated by the media.

They say they are not political and do not intend to intimidate society.

But Czech Television, which broadcast the hacked Panorama programme, said the stunt was “very unsuitable and could have frightened a lot of people”.

*Atrticle sourced from the BBC News Website*

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