- Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the country’s media has been hacked more than once
- Earlier this week, the website of the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities appeared to be hacked
- When looking for the site, a sign saying ‘Glory to Ukraine’ in the Ukraininan language was found instead, said a report
In the middle of their lunchtime news bulletin, Kommersant FM was suddenly interrupted by the Ukrainian national anthem ‘Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow’ and a song by Russian rock group Nogu Svelo, called ‘We Don’t Need War’.
Daily Mail reported that Uzbek-born billionaire Alisher Usmanov (68) owns the Russian radio station.
The Official Journal of the European Union described Usmanov as a pro-Kremlin oligarch who has ‘particularly close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’ and one of ‘Putin’s favourite oligarchs’. His radio station was hacked as part of a string of Ukrainian stunts against the Russian media.
Meanwhile, Editor-in-chief of Kommersant FM, Alexey Vorobyov, said in a statement: “We really were hacked. Technical specialists are now finding out the origin of this attack, trying to do something with the internet stream.”