On last Wednesday (June 8), Russia’s Kommersant FM radio station was interrupted to play the Ukrainian national anthem and other anti-war songs.
After that, the broadcast was quickly discontinued. The official statement confirms that the hacker attacked:
“The radio station was hacked. Live broadcasts will resume soon.”
Kommersant radio station editor-in-chief Alexey Vorobyov told Russian media TASS that the hacking took place last Wednesday, and internal technical experts are currently verifying the source of the attack.
The hackers tampered with the noontime broadcast of Kommersant radio station, the radio version of Kommersant newspaper, a well-known private media in Russia. British media BBC reporter Francis Scarr mentioned in a tweet that the Kommersant radio station played the famous Ukrainian patriotic folk song, the former national anthem “Oh, the red viburnum on the grass”.
The hackers also played the song “We Don’t Need War” by Russian rock band Nogu Svelo!. The lyrics quote Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “A tough guy always keeps his word”.
The target of the attack, Kommersant radio station is owned by Uzbek-Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. The United States and the European Union sanctioned Usmanov following the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war over his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Usmanov challenged the sanctions, saying he would use all legal means to protect himself.
On May 9, when Russia held a Victory Day military parade on Red Square, the country’s smart TV users suddenly found that their TV channels had been attacked by an obvious network: instead of normal TV programs, some bloody so-called “” Anti-war slogan”. Like “You have the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of murdered children on your hands. TV shows and the authorities are lying. Say no to war!”, etc.
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The BBC reported that major Russian TV channels such as NTV-Plus, Rossiya and Channel One were all affected.
Relevant parties have noticed that the above-mentioned hacking not only occurred on TV stations, but also affected Internet search engines. Even Yandex, Russia’s most important portal site, could not escape.
As one of Russia’s important network service portals, Yandex is known as the “Russian version of Google”, providing search, latest news, TV program previews and other services. However, on Victory Day, there was an abnormality on the TV program preview page. The program preview information of Channel One, the state-run cable TV channel with the largest coverage in the Russian Federation, and Channel 1 of the Russian State Television were tampered with.
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