Cyberpartizanen Wit-Rusland

Belarus is sometimes called the last dictatorship of Europe. The 65-year old Lukashenko has ruled here since 1994 with an authoritarian government in the typical Soviet style. This regime is now under great pressure from an unprecedented protest of the opposition. It’s obvious, the citizens are ready for the (long-awaited) Revolution.

Opposition as Cyber Partisans

The Belarusian group, who call themselves Cyber Partisans, was created to put pressure on Lukashenko’s regime. Their goal is to disclose as much (personal) information of Lukashenko’s followers as possible.

An example is the public disclosure of personal data of a thousand police officers. This following the events of gratuitous police violence against citizens who were/are demonstrating against the current regime. In this way, the Cyber Partisans want to make clear that nobody will remain anonymous under his/her mask. They emphasized that they will continue with these actions until the police violence is stopped.


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The internet as battlefield

The Cyber Partisans have not yet achieved their goal and will most likely continue until Lukashenko’s regime has fallen. The use of the internet as a battlefield for political settlements or disagreements is not new and is on the rise. The market is constantly evolving and new, innovative techniques are continuously added.

Think, for example, of deep fake voice technology where Artificial Intelligence is being used to imitate voices can or facial recognition via video surveillance on the street.

The latter contributes to the unmasking (deanonymization) of police officers. During duty they will do their best to hide their identity behind a uniform and mask, also known as a balaclava. When the opposition manages to remove a policeman’s balaclava, they will hide their face for cameras to avoid exposure.

Remarkably, thanks to modern technology it is no longer necessary to capture the entire face. With a computer and database a masked face can be linked to an identity and person. These technologies contributed to the publication of a thousand police officers’ names.

Do you want to know how this works? Then be sure to watch this video.


Organized DDoS attacks

The Cyber Partisans created a website to perpetrate DDoS attacks (Distributed denial-of-service) on online platforms and government information sources. The purpose of a DDoS attack is to temporarily disrupt the traffic of a system/service or make it inaccessible for a certain period of time.


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The idea behind the Cyber Partisans’ website is simple. When the link is clicked, a DDoS attack will automatically be launched on institutions that are crucial to Lukashenko’s regime such as banks, police departments, the government,… With the help of a meter on the website you can determine the intensity.

The number of website visitors and the corresponding intensity determine the pressure exerted. Because the requests start from Javascript in the browser, the DDoS attacks cannot be blocked based on the IP address.