Mysterious hackers open a hunt for Belarusian opposition cyber partisans

Alexander Lukashenko ‘s cyber colleagues spoke out against the Belarusian cyber leftists who criticized the new Belarusian administration. They started breaking into the tools of the opposition and intimidating hackers opposed to the President of Belarus.

Belarusian Internet troops

A mysterious group of cyber counterpartisan hackers supports the security forces and the current President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and hacks into opposition Belarusian resources. She also began to threaten cyber guerrillas, another group of hackers working against the current government in the country. The first blow of the cyber counterpartisans was the hacking of the Belarusian online publication Kyky, which has existed since 2010. They left on this portal a message in the form of a 30-second appeal addressed to those who, sitting at the monitor, are fighting to overthrow the current government in Belarus. “We are Lukashenka’s supporters. We are aware of your development of a facial recognition system that allows deanomizing law enforcement officers, as well as hacking of their accounts. The siloviki honestly earned this money, dispersing the crowd of careless Protestants, so we do not accept such an outrage and want to restore justice. Know Cyber ​​Guerrillas, you are not protected either! And we are not afraid of you. See you soon, ”the message says. The text was read by an artificially altered voice.

What face recognition are we talking about?

The message from the counter-cyber partisans may refer to a face recognition system that reveals the identity of the security forces. The Belarusian artist and game developer Andrei Maksimov spoke directly about the ongoing work on it in the video “Artificial Intelligence Takes Off Masks from the OMON”.

Who left the message

The appeal of the cyber counterpartisans was attached as an MP3 file to a publication with the unambiguous heading “You Are Hacked” and a photograph of Alexander Lukashenko with his secret inauguration, which took place on September 23, 2020. Nobody announced the inauguration ceremony in advance, and it was not broadcast on television or on the radio.

Kyky employees said they had nothing to do with the publication of the message on their website. “The hackers turned to the wrong address: we did not develop a face recognition system, and we also do not belong to the group of cyber guerrillas. We are flattered by such attention – but next time we ask you to choose a site for hacking, on which this content will look more authentic, ”said the portal staff.

Chief editor Kyky left Belarus

It is important to note that at the end of August 2020, the editor-in-chief of Kyky, Anastasia Rogatko, and some of the newspaper’s employees left Belarus. Rogatko announced this on her Facebook page. Their current location is unknown.

Cyber ​​guerrilla activities

The cyber-guerrilla group first declared itself in September 2020. Within a few days, hackers hacked a whole list of government websites and several portals of government systems.

In particular, the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus (twice), the portal of state purchases, the website of the Administrative Department of the President of Belarus, as well as the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (BUCE) were hacked. At the time of publication of the material, one of the latest attacks by cyber-guerrillas was the September 26, 2020 attack on the online broadcasting of the Belarus 1 and National Television (ONT) TV channels.

How it all started

The events taking place in Belarus began with the presidential elections held on August 9, 2020. The incumbent head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, ran for the sixth time and won with a result of 80.1% of the vote against 10.12% of another candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya .

During the presidential elections, as CNews reported , the Internet in Belarus was disconnected throughout the country. Users have lost access to thousands of websites, from the obscure to the largest, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even just the Google search service. Messengers also got it – Telegram, WhatsApp and Viber went out of order. There were no exceptions – even news media were blocked.

The inoperability of the Internet in Belarus continued until August 11, 2020. Alexander Lukashenko said that the reason for the blocking was not the blocking by the decision of the country’s authorities, but a massive cyberattack from abroad.

Lukashenka’s victory in the elections has become a pretext for large-scale protests throughout the country, in which thousands and tens of thousands of people participate. The European Parliament also announced the non-recognition of Lukashenko as President of Belarus – this is stated in its resolution, for which 574 parliamentarians voted. Another 37 spoke out against, and 82 parliamentarians abstained.

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