Ukrainian radio stations hacked to broadcast fake news about Zelenskyy’s health

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Ukrainian radio operator TAVR Media became the latest victim of a cyber attack on Thursday, resulting in the broadcast of a fake message that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was seriously ill.

“Cyber ​​criminals are spreading information that the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is reportedly in intensive care and that his duties are being performed by the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk,” the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP) said during 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.

In a separate message on Facebook, TAVR Media revealed its servers and networks have been the target of a cyberattack and it is working to resolve the issue. The company also stressed that “no information about the health problems of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is true.”

The false reports, which were… broadcast between noon and 2 pm, Zelenskyy also instigated Instagram, stating“I’ve never felt as healthy as I do now.”

The provenance of the intrusion is still unknown, though several threat actors have taken advantage of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine to launch a barrage of cyber-attacks, with hacking groups taking sides.

In a related development, the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) also warned of macro-loaded PowerPoint documents used to deploy Agent Tesla malware aimed at state organizations of the country.