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Pro-Russian hackers attempted to interfere with Eurovision votes
Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, according to Italian officials.Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra beat UK entrant Sam Ryder to win the 2022 contest, picking up a massive 631 points – largely from the public vote – to overhaul the UK, who were winning after the jury votes.According to Reuters, the Italian government’s cybersecurity department blocked attempts from the ‘Killnet’ and ‘Legion’ groups to hack the competition’s voting systems.A further report in Forbes says ‘Killnet’ had threatened prior to the contest to “send 10 billion requests” to the competition’s online voting platform and “add votes to some other country” instead of Ukraine.In a statement to MailOnline, a Eurovision spokesperson said that the “voting system has a wide range of security measures in place to protect the audience participation from outside influences.”In Ukraine meanwhile, the win has brought “incredible happiness” to a country under invasion by Russia.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Instagram that the courage of Ukraine “impresses the world” and congratulated Kalush Orchestra on their win.He then went on to promise to host Eurovision in the future in a “free, peaceful and rebuilt” Mariupol, a city currently largely under Russian control.At the end of their performance at the show’s finale, Kalush Orchestra said: “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal right now.”Speaking to NME this week, frontman Oleh Psiuk explained how their taking part was a “huge responsibility”, given the ongoing war with Russia.“To represent Ukraine in the international arena is always a responsibility, but to represent it during the war is just the highest responsibility possible,” he said.“The song [‘Stefania’] was composed
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This Morning viewers outraged as they beg ITV to tone down Downton Abbey promo
This Morning viewers have called out ITV for their "overkill" promotion of the new Downton Abbey film on their daytime television shows.Downton Abbey: A New Era is set to be released on 29 April but due to the constant talk about the film from ITV, some viewers have been put off entirely.Most notably, This Morning opened with a complete orchestra as they played the Downton Abbey theme tune, while just five minutes prior Lorraine had concluded with a segment on Downton Abbey inspired outfits.As the orchestra completed their rendition, the camera cut to the studio where hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary could be seen, ready to welcome viewers.Alison said that the orchestra was "lovely" and welcomed fans to a "very classy Friday morning," while Dermot said he was "transfixed" by the music.Dermot then questioned Alison as to whether any of the cast will be joining them on the show, but a disappointed O'Leary was told that they wouldn't be making an appearance.Alison tried to cheer him up by talking about the orchestra and told him it was a "lovely way to start their Friday".Much to viewer's dismay, Dermot then addressed the camera and told fans that This Morning will be "celebrating all things Downton throughout the show," and that the "orchestra will be back later".Fans were less than impressed with the stream of Downton Abbey content and took to Twitter to voice their outrage.A disgruntled viewer tweeted: "Its way too early for this s***".One fan wrote: "Give it a rest with the Downton overkill!"Another said: "The Downton Abbey film is out today.