As we reported, in the wake of a hacker attack, some Russian regional broadcasters on Tuesday called on people to seek shelter from an impending nuclear strike.
This is the third time in just over two weeks that the country’s media stations have broadcast a false warning. On February 22, a civil defense siren falsely signaled that an “aircraft alert” was in effect, while another on February 28 gave a false signal of a “missile threat.”
According to the footage, the map of Russia on television screens gradually turned red from west to east, while a voice said:
It was a blow. Go to a shelter immediately. Lock the premises. Use any gas mask. In the absence of gas masks, use cotton-gauze bandages.
The students were instructed to “take potassium iodide tablets”, a black and yellow warning about radiation flashed on the screens, as well as a message:
Everyone go to shelter immediately.
The images reportedly disrupted television and radio broadcasts in Moscow and the Sverdlovsk region, including the country’s fourth-largest city, Yekaterinburg.
A fake air raid warning was broadcast in Moscow after the servers of radio stations and television channels were hacked
– announced the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations.
So far, no indication has been given as to who might be behind the hacker attack on television and radio.
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