Belarusian hackers have denied the state of guarding the country against it
Instead, BYPOL has access to material from Cyber Partisans to help them run investigations of the regime, which was immediately published on BYPOL’s own Telegram channel. Those investigations are already done popular and successful, and one of their documentaries was quoted at an American congressional hearing in Belarus that took place shortly before the US imposed sanctions against Lukashenko and his allies.
The hackers said their latest series of attacks gave them access to drone footage from protesters, the Interior Ministry’s mobile-phone surveillance database, and databases for passports, motor vehicle, and more. They also said they were able to access audio recordings from emergency services and video feeds from street speed and surveillance cameras, as well as from separate cells where the detainees were.
The Partisans said they intended to undermine the regime at every level. “We have a strategic plan with cyberattacks to paralyze as much as possible the regime’s security forces, to sabotage the regime’s weak points in infrastructures, and to provide protection to the protesters,” the spokesperson said.
“The hacking is due because it shows that the regime is as unstoppable and invincible as the project,” said Artyom Shraibman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “It shows the weakness of their system. It strengthens the protesters. Many protesters have met these intrusions with joy and a sense of victory.”
“We don’t have any professional hackers”
Cyber Partisans say they are not criminal hackers but employees of the technology sector who can no longer stand. A spokesperson for the group said four individuals engaged in “real hacking behavior” while others provided support, analysis, and data processing.
“We don’t have any professional hackers,” they told the MIT Technology Review. “We’re all IT specialists and some cybersecurity specialists who know while on the go.”
Pavel Slunkin, who was a Belarusian diplomat until last year and now works with the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the Partisans show the importance of the country’s technology industry.
“Belarusians working in tech not only want economic impact but they want to make it a political influence,” he said. “This kind of people have houses, cars, and everything – except they can’t choose their own future. But now they have decided to get involved in political life. They play the most important role, if not the most important role, in what happens in Belarus in 2020. “
In the run -up to last year’s election campaign, opposition candidate Viktor Babariko recruited several tech experts. He was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison for the corruption of a trial critic called “shame. “
“When Babariko was imprisoned, it felt like the protest movement was destroyed,” Slunkin said. “This is the starting point for people to try to oppose the regime, not on the streets, but where they feel they are stronger and more secure than the government.”
The government of Belarus blamed the hacks of “foreign special services.”
“A hack is as comprehensive as one might think”
Lukashenko’s grip on the media and information inside Belarus has forced political opponents to switch to apps like Telegram, which are much harder to block or prevent. The hackers ’Telegram channel has more than 77,000 subscribers.
Their most recent posting included a recording of a conversation between two elderly Belarusian police officers on August 8, 2020, a day before the presidential election. On the recording, the deputy police chief of Minsk and his subordinates mentioned the “preventable” arrest of protesters and main political opponents. Among their targets were staff working in Tsikhanouskaya.