(AFP) – Jan 2, 2008
PRAGUE (AFP) — Six Czechs were charged Wednesday over an incident in June 2007 when a TV channel was hacked into, transforming scenes of a mountain beauty spot into a nuclear mushroom cloud, Czech TV reported.
The six, all from the capital Prague, were charged with propagating false information and scaremongering after the stunt and could face jail sentences of up to three years or a heavy fine, the broadcaster and victim of the hacking, Czech Television, added.
Hackers broke into the early-morning Panorama programme -- which regularly displays webcam scenes of Czech beauty spots -- and inserted images of a mushroom cloud following a nuclear explosion.
The broadcaster denounced the piracy saying the images of a nuclear mushroom were "very unsuitable and could have frightened a lot of people."
But the group allegedly behind the action -- who work as an artistic collective -- have already been controversially awarded a 333,000 koruna (12,580 euros, 18,350 dollar) prize for young artists by the country's national gallery at the end of last year.
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