Coronavirus: hackers post fake story about infected US soldier in Lithuania

A Lithuanian news website was hacked on Friday to post a fakestory alleging that a US military officer has contracted the coronavirus in Lithuania.

The fake story, made to look like a BNS news report, was visible on for about ten minutes and was removed before it rose to the top of the page, according to Tadas Širvinskas, the director of the daily Kauno Diena.

“There is a case of hacking into the content management system,” Širvinskas told BNS, adding that experts were still looking at how the website was breached.”This is an extraordinary case. We’ve had similar attempts in the past, but none of them were successful,” he added. According to Širvinskas, the report was fairly well written but featured some style details differed from their original content.

Kauno Diena has informed the Lithuanian Armed Forces and also plans to turn to other authorities.

This is not the first time that a Lithuanian online news site has been hacked to post fake news about the country’s defensc system.The majority of fake news targets NATO, US and German military presence in Lithuania and the Baltics.

Lithuanian intelligence bodies say the biggest threat to Lithuania’s cyberspace comes from Russia’s intelligence and security services.


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