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Deepfake Cyber Attack Hits Russia:              Fake Putin Message Broadcasted.

June 16th, 2023

Unidentified hackers executed a sophisticated cyber attack in Russia, compromising radio and TV broadcasts to transmit a fabricated message from President Vladimir Putin. The false announcement declared the imposition of martial law in response to a purported Ukrainian incursion, intensifying existing tensions.

Initially, it was believed that only radio messages were affected, but subsequent investigations revealed that the fraudulent messages were also displayed on television screens. The manipulated broadcasts added to the atmosphere of uncertainty and concern among Russian military, authorities, and citizens.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, confirmed that at least one radio station had been hacked and stated that the president did not deliver the fabricated message. The incident highlighted the growing feasibility of manipulating voices but acknowledged the challenge in creating convincing video deepfakes.

While the motive behind the attack remains unknown, the methods employed by the hackers raise intriguing questions that are yet to be definitively answered.The incident raises concerns about the vulnerability of broadcast systems to cyber attacks and the potential for misinformation and manipulation on a large scale.

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