A Russian radio station’s midday broadcast was interrupted by the Ukrainian national anthem and anti-war songs.
On Wednesday, Kommersant FM was taken over by hackers to protest Moscow’s invasion Ukraine. The station was quickly pulled from the air.
“The radio station was hacked. The internet stream will be restored soon,” the broadcaster said in a statement.
Kommersant FM is the radio branch of the Russian state newspaper Kommersant.
The radio station’s editor-in-chief, Alexey Vorobyov, confirmed the hack to the Russian state news agency TASS.
“We really got hacked. Technical specialists are now figuring out the origin of this attack and trying to do something with the internet stream,” he said.
The hacked station also played anti-war songs like “I Don’t Need a War” by Russian rock band Nogu Svelo.
It’s unclear who was behind the hack, but the Kommersant media group has been targeted by the hacktivist collective Anonymous in the past.
Last week, the hacking group tweeted that it was still working on the “largest collective hacking operation” against Russia.
Kommersant is owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, the fifth richest person in Russia, and has been described by the European Union as “one of Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs”.
In March, Everton FC investor Alisher Usmanov was sanctioned by the UK government for his links with the Russian state.
As early as February, Kommersant was deactivated by Anonymous, which also hacked the Russian news service TASS and several other state media companies.
This came after the hacker collective declared cyberwar on Vladimir Putin’s government in response to his invasion of Ukraine.
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