Opponents of Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko claim to have penetrated dozens of state institutions. The hackers are said to have stolen data from the secret service, camera images from a prison and telephone conversations.
The hacker group Belarusian Cyber Partisans claims to have penetrated several government institutions. Bloomberg has access to documents stolen by the hackers. The documents contain personal information of Lukashenko’s confidants and Secret Service agents. The hackers also shared camera images from a prison in the country.
The various burglaries are said to have taken place in July and before. According to Bloomberg’s investigation, it appears that the hackers have indeed managed to steal sensitive information from various government agencies. The Belarusian government declined to comment to Bloomberg. However, the head of the country’s secret service has confirmed on national television that hackers have committed an attack.
By making the data public, the hackers want to show what kind of regime is currently in power. For example, stolen recordings of telephone conversations indicate that the Ministry of the Interior is spying on police officers and civil servants. In addition, statistics from the documents indicate that the number of residents who have died from Covid-19 is much higher.
Lukashenko has been president of the country since 1994 and is increasingly cracking down on the opposition. During the elections last year, the country had to deal with an internet blockade. According to the election results, the incumbent president received more than 80 percent of the vote. In the days that followed, thousands of people took to the streets of the country to protest against Lukashenko.
Last May, Lukashenko also received much criticism internationally when the country grounded a plane en route from Athens to Vilnius in Minsk. The government disembarked journalist Roman Protasevich.