Hackers attack on Monitor News Agency refered to Brussels by Telegraph Media

The ominous hackers’ attack on Monitor News Agency on Thursday night was referred by Telegraph Media to all the EU institutions and EU commissioners who are responsible for the rule of law and digitalisation. The online edition then fell  victim to an unscrupulous attack on freedom of speech, what the attack involving bloody messages and threats was, including threats for murder. It was apparently ordered by the sinister gambling boss with 18 charges Vasil Bozhkov, called El Chapo (see here).

Avoiding any doubt WHO stays behind this hit, it passed under the motto #BeBrave - the hashtag used by Bozhkov for Facebook posts, with which he has been bombarding the public space in Bulgaria with lies and calls for riots in the past couple of months. The most sinister thing is that all the articles whose content was altered by the El Chapo mercenaries were accompanied by a photo of the banker Emil Kyulev, who was brutally shot dead 15 years ago and whose murder is yet to be solved.

The bodies of the Ministry of Interior and in particular the Cybercrime Department of the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime were alerted immediately after the assassination attempt on the agency. The Telegraph Media team considers this hit to be an attack on the investigative journalism and the consistent efforts of the media group's publications to show the truth and reveal the behind-the-scene clique, which has been plundering our society for decades. The team considers it also for a blow against the rule of law in our country.

For this reason, apart of the Bulgarian institutions responsible for investigating this crime and for revealing and punishing the persons guilty for it, Telegraph Media referred the attempt on freedom of speech in Bulgaria to the three biggest leaders in Brussels - European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council Charles Michel and European Parliament President David Sassoli, as well as the EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, Innovation and Youth Commissioner Mariya Gabriel,  Rule of law Commissioner Vera Jourova, Digitalisation Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and the European Chief Prosecutor Laura  Kovesi. It alerted also the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the EP (LIBE), as well as the chairs of all political groups in the European Parliament.

The hackers’ attack on the Monitor News Agency comes against the backdrop of a series of revelations made by Telegraph Media about the gambling oligarch Vasil Bozhkov, who is hiding in Dubai with 18 charges, about the way he finances the protests and the attempted riot against the state in our country included. We have also pointed his ties with the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev, who plundered BGN 5.6bn from CorpBank and hid in Belgrade.

We have also shed a light how he commands the riots via his networks, as well as how he wants to advise the President Rumen Radev on his provisional cabinet. That is why it was no coincidence that the first article, which was attacked by Bozhkov’s hackers at the Monitor News Agency, was about the head of our state. We revealed there how he highlighted his relationship with the indicted Ivo Prokopiev, attending an event of the Capital circle.

"We have been subjected many times to hackers’ attacks over the years, because of the revelations we make of scandals and shady deals of the so-called  businesspersons, said the editor-in-chief of Monitor Lyubomira Budakova, pointing out that this attack is extremely sinister because it contains bloody messages sent in a typical mafia way. "This is a hit on freedom of speech in Bulgaria, but we are adamant that the incident will not deter us from exposing the crimes and illegal schemes of these people," she said.

"This hackers’ attack is not only a brutal attack on freedom of speech, but it also presents an attack on the democratic freedoms that our society has gained by its membership in the European Union and NATO," commented also the editor-in-chief of the Telegraph outlet Vasil Zahariev. According to him, this attack is an attempt to put an end of Bulgaria’s Euro-Atlantic orientation and our country to turn back to the influence of Moscow, as Russian ties of the oligarchy can be observed behind the messages.

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