March 01, 2023

Ukrainians Hack the Airwaves


Ukrainians Hack the Airwaves
A person listening to "Sputnik in Crimea" in their car as a message from the Ukrainian chief of Military Intelligence was playing.  ASTRA, Telegram.

Hackers took over radio frequencies in Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014, and broadcast the Ukrainian anthem, followed by a message from Ukraine's chief of military intelligence. This incident occurred a day before the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian chief of military intelligence addressed listeners in Russian:

Citizens of Ukraine, this is Kirill Budanov addressing you. Ukraine will regain all invaded territories. Donbas [and] the Autonomous Republic of Crimea will always return home. We will find every traitor to Ukraine, wherever they may be hiding. All of them will be liquidated. To all patriots: the time to act has arrived. Wait. We will come to you. Glory to Ukraine!

Crimeans quickly took to social media with recordings of the broadcast. The radio stations Sputnik in Crimea, Vera, and Crimea government officials confirmed the hack. Control over the frequencies was restored later the same day.

On February 22, a similar incident occurred inside Russia. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, radio stations in Voronezh, Belgorod, and Kurgan oblasts played an air raid alert and false information on a possible missile strike. The fake announcements were broadcast via the radio stations Relax FM, Comedy Radio, Avtoradio (Car Radio), and Yumor FM (Humor FM).

President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Ukraine is ready to return Crimea to Ukrainain control, be it by peaceful or by military means. 

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