Bloomberg has released a study on Belarusian “Cyber partisans,” revealing their hacking techniques.
A representative of Cyber partisans said that the group has 15 members, most of whom work in IT: three or four of them focus directly on system hacking techniques, while the rest are engaged in data analysis and other tasks.
The hackers joined their efforts in September 2020, right after the presidential election. At first, hacked government websites and uploaded videos with scenes of violence by security forces, white-red-white flags, etc. The first operations attracted other hackers to the cause, making the group increasingly bold about the scope of their intrusions.
The “cyber partisans” gained physical access to a Belarusian government facility and infiltrated the computer network. The stolen materials allegedly include an archive of secretly recorded phone conversations, amounting to between 1 and 2 million minutes of audio.
“Cyber partisans” say they are working with other groups to hack the government infrastructure further and combine computer sabotage with protests in the streets to overthrow Alyaksandr Lukashenka at the deciding moment.
“Cyber partisans” recently made public interim results of the operation “Heat,” which they began on July 26. They said that “over these few weeks, they have dealt a powerful blow to the backbone of the regime – the power structures.”
“We have completely or partially paralyzed entire parts of the punitive system. Now the regime is in a stupor and does not understand where the next blow will come from. At the same time, there is no qualified personnel capable of resolving the problem,” the statement said.
According to them, the work of traffic police has been paralyzed or slowed down. The “AIS-passport” databases, the “Unrest” database, as well as databases of wiretapping, drones, personal files of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, payment of fines, speed cameras, and surveillance, are paralyzed or slowed down.