BYPOL has access to content from cyber partisans to investigate in government, which is then published on BYPOL’s own telegram channel. The investigation has been popular and successful, and one of his documentaries was cited during a US congressional hearing in Belarus shortly before the United States imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and his allies.
The hackers say the latest in a series of attacks has given them access to drone footage from protest crackdowns, the Interior Ministry’s mobile phone surveillance database, and passports and motor vehicle databases. He also says he has access to audio recordings from emergency services and video feeds from road speed and surveillance cameras, as well as from isolated cells where he is being held.
The parties say they intend to weaken the government at all levels. “We have a strategic plan to maximize the paralysis of government security forces, sabotage the government’s weak points in infrastructure and provide cyber attacks to protect protesters,” the spokesman said.
“The hack is important because it shows that the government is not as resilient and invincible as it is planned to be,” said Artem Schreibman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “It shows the weakness of their system. It encourages the protesters. Many people in protest have met these leaks with joy and a sense of victory.”
Hex was first reported by Current Time and Bloomberg.
“We have no professional hackers.”
Cyber partisans say they are not criminal hackers but employees of the technology sector who can no longer tolerate it. A spokesman for the group said four individuals were involved in “real ethical hacking” while others provided support, analysis and data processing.
“We don’t have any professional hackers,” he told the MIT Technology Review. “We are all IT experts and some cyber security experts who have learned on the go.”
Paul Sloken, who was Belarus’s ambassador until last year and now works with the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the parties reflect the importance of the country’s technology industry.
“Belarusians who work in tech not only want economic influence, they want to turn it into political influence,” he says. “These kinds of people have houses, cars and everything – except they can’t choose their own future. But now they have decided that they can participate in political life. What they did in Belarus in 2020 The wind has played a very important role in this.
Opposition candidate Sergei Tikanovsky recruited a number of experts during last year’s campaign. He was arrested two days after he publicly announced his candidacy, and was replaced by his wife, Svetlana Sakhanoskaya, as Lukashenko’s main opponent.
“When Tikanovsky was imprisoned, the protest movement felt shattered,” Sloken said. “It was a starting point for those who are trying to oppose the government, not on the streets but instead where they feel stronger and more secure than the government.”
“A Comprehensive Hack As One Can Think”
Lukashenko’s iron grip on media and information inside Belarus has forced political opponents to turn to apps like Telegram, which are difficult to stop or control. The hacker’s telegram channel has more than 77,000 subscribers.
His most recent posting includes a recording of a conversation between two senior Belarussian police officials on August 8, 2020, a day before the presidential election. In the recording, Minsk’s deputy police chief and his subordinates discuss “preventive” arrests of protesters and major political opponents. Their targets include staff working for Tsikhanouskaya.