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Belarusian hackers are trying to overthrow the Lukashenko regime

A group of activist-hackers in Belarus has infiltrated almost every part of the the country’s tyrannical authority in a bid to overthrow the Lukashenko regime, according to MIT’s Technology Review and Bloomberg. The intruders, known as Belarus Cyber Partisans, have been leaking information they found on feelings police and government networks. They firstly started mutilating authority websites as an behave of demonstrate in September 2020 following the country’s feuded poll, in which Alexander Lukashenko’s triumph was widely deemed to be a fraudulent. But they also publish the information they get on Telegram, where the government has 77,000 subscribers.

The group told the publications that it’s made up of 15 IT and cybersecurity experts working in the country’s tech area. None of them are “professional intruders, ” a spokesperson told Tech Review, with only 4 out of 15 doing the actual “ethical hacking.”

The Partisans’ most recent assaults established them access to drone footage from the government’s crackdowns on demonstrations last year and the Ministry of Interior Affairs’ mobile phone surveillance database. They also apparently got access to emergency services’ audio recordings, as well as video feeds from superhighway hasten and solitude cadre surveillance cameras. The data the group liberated over the past weeks include listings of suspect police snitches, personal information about top government officials and spies, police drone and detention center footage and secret enters captured by the government’s wiretapping system.

If the Cyber Partisans have been effective in their efforts to infiltrate the government’s networks, it’s thanks to the help they come from other groups called BYPOL. They reportedly reached out to BYPOL in December 2020 for counseling — after all, the group is made up of former Lukashenko officials who defected from the government and current ones working to topple the regime from the inside.

BYPOL provides them information on how to infiltrate government organizations and on the structure of the administration’s databases. In return, the Cyber Partisans add the group with information it can use to investigate the regime’s crimes. BYPOL publishes information on its own Telegram channel and organizes films, one of which was cited at a congressional hearing that led to the US imposing sanctions against the Lukashenko regime.

The Cyber Partisan spokesperson told Tech Review that they’re working cyberattacks to “paralyze as much as possible of the regime’s security forces, to sabotage the regime’s weak point in existing infrastructure and to provide protection for protesters.” Their ultimate goal is “to stop the violence and repression from the terroristic regime in Belarus and to accompany “the two countries ” back to democratic principles and rule of law.”

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