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Russian TV Show Results Cancelled

Posted 213 days ago | 16.05.19

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Russian TV Show Results Cancelled

A popular Russian TV talent show,The Voice Kids - has had its results cancelled after thousands of fraudulent votes were found to have handed victory to a millionaire's young daughter. This followed complaints after singer Mikella Abramova, aged 10, the daughter of pop singer Alsou and wealthy businessman Yan Abramov,

won with 56.5% of the phone-in vote.

State-owned Channel One TV will re-run the final on 24 May saying  it is now making its voting technology safer.

A cyber security firm, Group-IB, was hired to examine the vote.   The interim results of the check confirm that there was outside influence on the voting, which affected the result. 

Channel One said the voting scam on 26 April "must be the first and last time that anyone tries to control the audience's choice".

In the scam, according to investigators, more than 8,000 text messages were sent from about 300 phone numbers. Sequential phone numbers were used to send automated votes. This can only have been achieved by the use of ‘bots’, which are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times

There is evidence that more than 30,000 votes came in for one contestant from those phone numbers. Rival singers got no more than 3,000 votes each,

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