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“We are Anonymous, we do not forgive, we do not forget.” Radio station investigates hack 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – WXXR 97.3 in Terre Haute calls themselves the Valley’s only modern rock station, but around 7:30 on Sunday evening the music stopped.

“My engineer gave me a call and said hey what are we broadcasting from the studio,” said Douglas Kirkham with WXXR.

The radio station continues to investigate an apparent hacking. If you were listening to the station on Sunday evening you might have heard a cryptic message.

It started off by saying, “We are Anonymous. We would like to take a few minutes of your time to inform you about the United States governments plan to murder over 100-million citizens.”

The FM signal of WXXR was intercepted and the broadcast message intended for the American people played. “The United States of secrecy has kept you all blind,” the message stated. It broadcasted for 30 minutes, then returned to the music playlist.

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Kirkham stated, “It appeared to be coming from the studio side when he came here and could find no trace of it, and when he went to the transmitter site and by time he was there ready to shut it down they had given us control of our airwaves back.”

The message claimed to be from “Anonymous”. Anonymous is a well-known activist group who hacks websites to express their views. The message went on to say, “We’re not here to discuss this but to help save the people.”

Anonymous originated in 2003. The group became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.

A website associated with the group describes it as “an internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”.

“The biggest mystery to me is why us, why such a small station in an obscure town,” said Kirkham.

The station is receiving some backlash from people who believe the message could have been a publicity stunt to gain listeners. Kirkham told News 10 the station just celebrated one year of being on the air, has loyal listeners, and they have no need to pull this kind of stunt.

“We we’re already the fastest growing media company in the Wabash Valley so we have no need for a publicity stunt,” said Kirkham.

As questions remain, the stations is working towards updating their internet security, and hopes to put the Anonymous message behind them.

News 10 reached out to the FCC but calls went unreturned.

Hijacking a signal of any kind is a felony and can carry a maximum of ten years in prison if convicted.

Source: “We are Anonymous, we do not forgive, we do not forget.” Radio station investigates hack | WTHITV.com

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