A Russian radio station was hacked on Wednesday, and the Ukrainian anthem was played instead of its news. In a statement posted on Telegram, Russian media group RBK said radio station Kommersant FM’s website aired the anthem as well as a song by Russian rock group Nogu Svelo called “We Don’t Need War”.
Francis Scarr, who covers Russian state TV for BBC News, tweeted: “Russian radio station Kommersant FM has been hacked and is currently playing Ukrainian and anti-war music.”
“In the middle of a news bulletin not too long ago, Ukrainian patriotic music Ой у лузі чорна калина started playing,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet.
This is not the first time Russian media has been hacked since the country fought an unprovoked war in Ukraine. On Monday, Russian state news agency RIA reported that the website of the Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities appeared to have been hacked, Reuters reported. Searching the site leads to a “Glory to Ukraine” sign written in Ukrainian.
In March, efforts to disrupt Russian companies’ websites escalated, according to a cybersecurity firm, reports Reuters.
In February, the Ukrainian government asked for volunteers to help protect critical infrastructure. These weren’t just volunteers — they’re underground hackers, who heard about the effort on hacking forums — and were supposed to be tasked with cyber espionage missions against Russian troops, reports Reuters.
Hackers from the infamous Anonymous group declared a “cyber war” against Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year. Several so-called “hacktivists” told the BBC about their efforts.
Anonymous invaded Russian TV networks, disrupting programming with footage of bombs going off in Ukraine and soldiers talking about the horrors of the conflict. Anonymous shared clips of hacked TV channels on social media.
Cyber attacks aren’t the only anti-war statements making waves in Russia. In March, an employee of a Russian state TV channel was detained byto protest the war in Ukraine. Marina Ovsyannikova burst onto the set during a broadcast with a sign that read: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. You are being deceived.”