Ukrainian radio stations hacked to spread false information about Zelenskyy’s health

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Ukrainian radio operator TAVR Media was the latest victim of a cyberattack on Thursday, leading to the broadcast of a fake message that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was seriously ill.

“Cybercriminals spread information that the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is in intensive care and that his duties will be carried out by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk,” the State Communications Service said. Special and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP). said in an update.

The radio holding company oversees nine major radio stations, including Hit FM, Radio ROKS, KISS FM, Radio RELAX, Melody FM, Nashe Radio, Radio JAZZ, Classic Radio and Radio Bayraktar.

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In a separate Facebook post, TAVR Media disclosed its servers and networks have been targeted by a cyberattack and it is working to resolve the issue. The company also pointed out that “no information about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s health problems is true”.

The false reports, which have been broadcast between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., also prompted Zelenskyy to take to Instagram, indicating“I have never felt healthier than I do now.”

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The origin of the intrusion still remains unknown, although several threat actors have taken advantage of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine to carry out a deluge of cyberattacks, with hacking groups taking sides.

In a related development, the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) also warned macro-laden PowerPoint documents used to deploy Agent Tesla Malware targeting state organizations in the country.

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