Hackers on Tuesday interrupted a video briefing by attorneys for kin of those that died when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner, enjoying clips of loud music and displaying generally violent photos for greater than two minutes.
The attorneys ended the Zoom name and restarted it with out additional incident. The briefing was held after a Canadian court docket this week awarded C$107 million ($84 million) to the households of six individuals who died when Iranian Revolutionary Guards downed the jet near Tehran two years in the past.
The interference began shortly after Mark Arnold, one of many attorneys, stated “if anybody from the Islamic Republic of Iran is on this call … we’re coming after your assets.”
Images of a doll with sharp enamel and a canine with shining eyes then popped up on the display screen, adopted by a clip of a person singing a rap music with obscene lyrics after which repeated photos of a person working in direction of a digital camera and pretending to kick it.
“I cannot speculate on who hijacked the call, but it was indeed interference,” Jonah Arnold, one other lawyer on the decision, stated by electronic mail when requested whether or not he thought Iranian actors had been accountable.
No one has claimed duty. The attorneys despatched out a information launch to the media with the dial-in particulars and password for the decision.
Iran shot down the airliner in January 2020. All 176 folks onboard had been killed, together with 55 Canadian residents and 30 everlasting residents.
The six relations awarded compensation by the court docket had filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to Iran and different officers they imagine had been responsible for the incident.
Iran admitted it shot down the airliner shortly after takeoff from Tehran and blamed a “disastrous mistake” by forces on excessive alert throughout a confrontation with the United States.