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Hackers blamed after Russian radio stations play warnings of missile strikes and air raids • Graham Cluley

Recently, commercial radio stations in Russia have been hacked to broadcast bogus warnings about air raids and missile strikes. The Ministry of Emergency Situations, a Russian government agency, reported that false information had been broadcast on stations including Gazprom Media’s Relax FM, Comedy Radio, and Humor FM. The warnings were accompanied by loud siren noises, advising civillians to head to air raid shelters.

Some people managed to record the fake air raid warnings and share them on social media. The day before, state media websites broadcasting a state of the nation speech by Russian president Vladimir Putin were disrupted by an apparent denial-of-service attack, which Ukrainian hackers later claimed responsibility. It is believed that these latest bogus air raid warnings broadcast over the radio may have also been the work of Ukrainian hackers, or those sympathetic to the country’s plight.

The hacking of Russian radio stations is a serious incident, not only because it can cause fear and panic among people, but also because it shows how vulnerable our communication systems are. It is important for people to be aware of the risks of cyber attacks and to protect themselves by using strong passwords and being cautious when clicking on links or downloading files from unknown sources.

In conclusion, it is not yet clear who is behind the fake air raid warnings broadcast over Russian radio stations, but it is a reminder of the importance of securing our communication systems, using strong passwords, and being vigilant against potential threats.

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