BYPOL can also obtain materials from online guerrillas to help them carry out survey Enter the regime and post on BYPOL’s own Telegram channel.These surveys have Popular and successful, One of their documentary was cited in the US Congress hearing about Belarus Shortly before the U.S. imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and his allies.
The hackers said that their recent series of attacks allowed them to access drone footage during the protests and suppression operations, the mobile phone surveillance database of the Ministry of the Interior, and databases such as passports and cars. They also stated that they have visited recordings from emergency services, highway speed tests and video from surveillance cameras, as well as isolation cells where detainees are held.
The guerrillas stated that their intention was to undermine the regime at all levels. The spokesman said: “We have developed a strategic plan that includes cyber attacks to paralyze the regime’s security forces as much as possible, destroy the regime’s weak links in infrastructure, and provide protection for protesters.”
Artyom Shraibman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said: “This hack is important because it shows that the regime is not as unstoppable and invincible as expected.” “This It shows the weakness of their system. This makes the protesters even more bold. Many of the protesters responded to these leaks with joy and a sense of victory.”
“We don’t have professional hackers”
Internet parties say they are not criminal hackers, but technical employees who can no longer stand by. A spokesperson for the organization stated that four people carried out “actual ethical hacking” while others provided support, analysis and data processing.
“We don’t have any professional hackers,” they told MIT Technology Review. “We are all IT experts and some cyber security experts who are learning on the go.”
Pavel Slunkin, who was a Belarusian diplomat until last year, is now working with the European Council for Foreign Relations, and he said that the guerrillas reflect the importance of the technology industry to the country.
“Belarusians working in science and technology not only want to have an economic impact, but also want to transform it into a political impact,” he said. “These people have houses, cars, and everything-but they cannot choose their own future. But now they decide to participate in political life. They played a very important role in what happened in Belarus in 2020, if not the most Important role.”
During the preparation phase of last year’s election campaign, opposition candidate Sergei Tikhanovsky recruited many technical experts. He was arrested two days after the public announcement of his candidacy, and his wife Svyatlana Zihanusskaya succeeded him as Lukashenko’s main opponent.
“When Tikhanovsky went to prison, the protest movement felt destroyed,” Slenkin said. “This is the starting point for people trying to oppose the regime, not on the streets, but where they feel stronger and safer than the government.”
“A full-scale hacking attack you can imagine”
Lukashenko’s tight control of media and information in Belarus has forced political opponents to turn to applications that are more difficult to block or monitor, such as Telegram. The hacker’s Telegram channel has more than 77,000 subscribers.
Their most recent release includes recordings of conversations between two senior Belarusian police officials on August 8, 2020, the day before the presidential election. In the recording, the deputy chief of the Minsk Police Department and his subordinates discussed the “preventive” arrests of protesters and major political opponents. Their targets include employees who work for Qihanuskaya.