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Cyber Partisans hack and disrupt Kremlin censor

Updated on 2022-11-21: Cyber Partisans hack and disrupt Kremlin censor

Belarusian hacktivist group Cyber Partisans has hacked the Russian General Radio Frequency Center (GRFC), a smaller sub-agency that’s part of the Roskomnadzor, the Russian government’s telecommunications watchdog.

In Telegram and Twitter posts, the Cyber Partisans said they gained access to the agency’s internal network, from where they stole more than 2TB of emails and documents before trashing its domain controller and encrypting local workstations.

“The work of the chief Kremlin censor has been disrupted,” the group boasted.

“We also have a huge amount of material proving large-scale surveillance on the network and attempts to establish total control over everyone who has spoken out against the Putin regime over the past 20 years,” they added, promising to share the stolen data with journalists.

The GRFC confirmed the breach to Kommersant and blamed the hack on the use of a “previously unused vulnerability,” but the agency vehemently denied that any employee workstations were encrypted.

The incident marks the second time the Roskomnadzor has dealt with a major security breach this year after the Anonymous hacker collective also breached and then leaked more than 800TB of data from the agency’s servers earlier this year in March. The leaked documents showed the agency actively intervening and censoring the narrative around Russia’s role in Ukraine, such as prohibiting the use of the word invasion to describe Russia’s so-called “special military operation.”

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Updated on September 2022: Hackers try to sell NFT of Belarusian leader’s supposed stolen passport

A group of hacktivists called the Belarusian Cyber Partisans are selling an NFT featuring the purported passport information of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko. They said they’re also looking to sell NFTs featuring the passport info of other government officials closely connected with him. The group claim to have hacked into a government database that has the passport info of every Belarusian citizen and have used this to launch an NFT collection called “Belarisuan Passports”. The group say the move is part of a grassroots fundraising campaign to fight “bloody regimes in Minsk and Moscow.” Read More: Hackers try to sell NFT of Belarusian leader’s supposed stolen passport

Overview: Belarus leak

Belarusian hacktivist group Cyber Partisans released on Tuesday 1.5 TB of data they claim is phone calls secretly collected by the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs from foreign embassies and consulates inside Belarus. The group claims they have more than 50,000 hours of recorded calls, according to Cyberscoop. Among the leaked audio are phone calls allegedly recorded inside the Russian embassy in Minsk.

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