‘No need for war’: Russian oligarch’s radio station hacked; plays the national anthem of Ukraine

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Reports say hackers targeted a Russian radio station while it was playing the Ukrainian national anthem.

Radio station Kommersant FM confirmed that it had been hacked while informing that it should restore the Internet stream. The hackers reportedly played Russian rock band Nogu Svelo’s song “We don’t need a war”.

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Nogu Svelo’s song is also said to contain a quote from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in which he says “a badass always keeps his word”.

The radio station is believed to be owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who was sanctioned by the United States and the European Union after President Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine on February 24.

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Russian television was hacked earlier as it displayed anti-war messages as the nation celebrated its military holiday. Three radio stations were also targeted in St. Petersburg as they played anti-war songs for more than two hours, according to reports.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that pro-Russian hackers have targeted websites in Italy, including the Ministry of Defense website and the Senate. Hackers have also reportedly tried to access the Eurovision Song Contest website.

Western powers previously accused Russia of a cyberattack on a satellite network an hour before the invasion of Ukraine.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called it “clear and shocking evidence of a deliberate and malicious attack by Russia”, while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pointed out that Russia had tried to disrupt “opening terminals in Ukraine and throughout Europe”.

(With agency contributions)

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