The results of a preferred Russian TV expertise present – The Voice Youngsters – has been cancelled after 1000’s of fraudulent votes had been discovered to have handed victory to a millionaire’s younger daughter.
There have been complaints after singer Mikella Abramova, aged 10, gained with 56.5% of the phone-in vote.
She is the daughter of pop singer Alsou and rich businessman Yan Abramov.
State-owned Channel One TV plans to re-run the ultimate on 24 Might. It says it’s now making its voting expertise safer.
A cyber safety agency, Group-IB, was employed to look at the vote for Mikella Abramova, after the ultimate of The Voice Youngsters, which is in its sixth season on Russian TV.
“The interim outcomes of the examine verify that there was outdoors affect on the voting, which affected the consequence,” a Channel One statement said (in Russian).
The Voice Youngsters is a worldwide franchise, a spin-off from the massively well-liked expertise present The Voice.
Channel One stated the voting rip-off on 26 April “should be the primary and final time that anybody tries to manage the viewers’s alternative”.
Nonetheless, it added: “Youngsters shouldn’t take the blame for actions carried out by any person else. Every participant turns into a member of the massive Voice household.”
Within the rip-off, in response to investigators, greater than eight,000 textual content messages had been despatched from about 300 telephone numbers.
A Group-IB statement said (in Russian) that sequential telephone numbers had been used to ship automated votes – in different phrases, “bots had been used on this case”.
“Greater than 30,000 votes got here in for one contestant from these telephone numbers,” Group-IB stated. Rival singers acquired not more than three,000 votes every, Russia’s Kommersant each day reported.
Bots are automated programmes which may perform a command 1000’s of occasions.
Group-IB is an official companion of Interpol and Europol. In late April, responding to the complaints, Channel One requested Group-IB to examine its voting expertise, which was managed by an organization referred to as SMS-servisy.
A full report on the rip-off is to be issued later this month, Channel One says.