The websites of several Belarusian ministries have reportedly been taken down in a new attack, as part of the cyber war Anonymous is waging to help Ukraine. The hacking group said it was targeting the Belarusian government for its complicity in the Russian invasion of the neighboring country.
Several government sites in Belarus taken offline by anonymous
The websites of the Belarusian ministries of economy, education and justice, as well as the online platform of the country’s National Legal Information Center, were hit by Anonymous, a Twitter account associated with the decentralized hacktivist collective announcement.
According to an article recently published by Anonymous TV (@YourAnonTV), the attack is a response to Belarus’ involvement in supporting the ongoing Russian military assault on Ukraine. A few days ago, the authors of the tweet said that the biggest government websites in Belarus were down. Some of them have already been restored.
JUST IN: Massive attack carried by #Anonymous against the Belarusian government for their complicity in #Ukraine️ invasion. All of their biggest government websites are #Offline. #OpRussia #OpBelarus #UkraineFree pic.twitter.com/b358jRwPu2
— Anonymous TV 🇺🇦 (@YourAnonTV) May 29, 2022
Belarus has not sent its own forces to Ukraine but has allowed its closest ally Russia to use its territory and infrastructure for what Moscow calls a “special military operation” against the Kyiv government. Although this is the first time that Belarusian government websites have been targeted, Anonymous has so far carried out numerous attacks against Russian online resources.
Shortly after the Russian military crossed Ukraine’s borders in late February, the hacking group declared a cyber war against Russia, promising to disrupt the country’s internet space. He has since hit Kremlin, State Duma and Defense Ministry websites, attacked Russian TV channels and published millions of leaked emails.
In March, the hacktivist collective announced that it had released 28 GB of documents belonging to the Central Bank of Russia, including some of its “secret agreements”. In early May, Anonymous Network Battalion 65 (NB65)-affiliated hacking group said it had targeted payment processor Qiwi. Later that month, Russia’s largest banking institution, Sberbank, also suffered a major blow.
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