A major Russian radio station was hacked and the hackers began playing the Ukrainian national anthem and some anti-war songs.
A program on the station, Kommersant FM was abruptly cut off by the Ukrainian national anthem on Wednesday. The station’s editor-in-chief, Alexey Vorobyov confirmed that the online stream was hacked. He said,
“We were really hacked. Technical specialists are now finding out the origin of this attack, trying to do something with the internet stream,”
After the national anthem, a song titled “I don’t need war” by the Russian rock band Nogu Svelo also came on.
Here’s a clip of the Ukrainian national anthem playing on Kommersant FM.
Kommersant is owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, the fifth richest person in Russia. According to the European Union, Usmanov is “one of Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs”. He was sanctioned by the USA and the EU following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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This is just the latest attack on Russian media. The attacks have been aimed at sharing anti-war messages. Back in May, Russian TV broadcasts were hacked to display anti-war messages on the same day the country celebrated its national military festival. One of the messages read, “On your hands is the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and their hundreds of murdered children.”
According to The Insider, three radio stations in Saint Petersburg played Ukrainian and anti-war songs for more than two hours last month.