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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hacker Knocks Russia Today Off the Air

Less than two days after going on the air, Kremlin-funded news channel Russia Today was wiped off the world's television screens Monday in an attack blamed on a hacker.

Viewers saw the English-language channel periodically freeze and then vanish in what Russia Today editor Margarita Simonyan said was an "invasion of the computer system."

The invasion "led to viruses, which led to breakdowns in transmission," she said, Interfax reported.

The attack is the latest setback for the channel, which is designed to show the world a Russian perspective on news and was originally scheduled to go on the air in September.

Critics and media have expressed doubts as to how objective Russia Today will be, saying it is simply a propaganda machine for the government. Simonyan, a former Kremlin correspondent for Rossia state television, has insisted that the channel will offer "objective and interesting" reporting.

Simonyan did not say when the channel would go back on air or who might be behind the virus attack. "The channel will suspend broadcasting until technical faults have been fixed," Russia Today said in a statement.

The glitch prompted news site Gazeta.ru to dub the channel "Russia Yesterday." The satellite channel is broadcast in Moscow on the NTV-Plus cable system.