A group of Belorussian hackers claimed to have attacked the Belarusian railways on 27 February, according to a Google translation of the message posted on their Telegram channel. The hackers, who call themselves ‘Cyber partisans’ aimed to ‘slow down the transfer of occupying forces and give the Ukrainians more time to repel the attack’. They claimed that their hack ‘paralysed’ certain railway operations in Minsk and in Orsha.
The group wrote: ‘The internal network will be disconnected until the Russian troops leave the territory of Belarus and the participation of the Belarusian military forces in the fascist aggression ceases.’
Ukraine’s vice prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, announced the formation of an IT army and asked hackers to help protect key infrastructure and conduct cyber spying missions against Russian troops, in a tweet dated February 26, 2022.
‘There will be tasks for everyone. We continue to fight on the cyber front. The first task is on the channel for cyber specialists’. Mykhailo Fedorov also Tweeted.
Anonymous took responsibility for hacking and releasing the database of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation’s website, Ukrayinska, Pravda reported. The hacker group also claimed credit for the release of around 200GB of emails from the Belarusian arms manufacturer Tetraedr. As posted on Twitter, they claim that attacks are aimed at the Russian government, not the Russian people.
The hacking group known as Anonymous claimed responsibility for cyberattacks that briefly shut down Russian government websites. The attacks were in retaliation for the Ukraine invasion, hackers said. Russia’s state news site RT confirmed the malicious distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The news agency stated that they had ‘been able to withstand the attack’.