Category Archives: Belarus

Hacktivist personas back latest GhostWriter disinfo op targeting Poland, Ukraine

The Belarusian government-linked GhostWriter disinformation campaign tried in mid-June to push a rumor that Ukrainian male refugees in Poland would be identified and deported back to Ukraine for military service using fabricated government correspondence, researchers with cybersecurity firm Mandiant said Thursday. Two hacktivist personas amplified the message, the researchers said in the findings first shared with […]

Belarusian hacktivist group releases purported Belarusian wiretapped audio of Russian embassy

A Belarusian hacktivist group on Tuesday released what it says is wiretapped audio of foreign embassies, consulates and other calls in Belarus gathered surreptitiously by the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Announced in the Belarusian Cyber Partisans’ Telegram channel late morning U.S. time Tuesday, the first release is a four-and-a-half minute long video posted to […]

Multiple government hacking groups stay busy targeting Ukraine and the region, Google researchers say

Government-backed hackers from Russia, China and Belarus have been behind a series of a series of hacking campaigns in recent weeks targeting government, industry, journalists, politicians and others, according to the latest update from Google’s Threat Analysis Group. The Google researchers noted in an updated blog post Tuesday that in just the “past few weeks” […]

Russian, Chinese, Belarusian hackers increasingly using Ukraine-themed lures in attacks, Google observes

Within the last two weeks, a Russia-based hacking group has targeted several U.S. nongovernmental organizations and think tanks, the military of a Balkans country and a Ukrainian defense contractor, Google reported Wednesday. The activity, attributed to a group Google calls “Cold River” but others know as “Calisto,” is the first time the Google researchers have […]

Against backdrop of Russian-Ukraine war, researchers witness flurry of nation-aligned hacking

Hackers believed to be associated with the governments of Russia, Belarus and China are targeting Ukraine, Poland and European governments, researchers say, ranging from espionage attempts to phishing campaigns and coinciding with the intensification of the Russian assault on Ukraine. Shane Huntley, the director of Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG), said in a blog post […]

NATO countries’ refugee management may have been targeted by Belarus-linked hackers

A hacking group with a history of phishing attacks and disinformation against NATO nations may be using compromised Ukrainian armed service member emails to target European officials tasked with managing logistics around refugees fleeing Ukraine, according to findings published Monday. Researchers with cybersecurity firm Proofpoint report they detected an email Feb. 24 that carried a […]

Facebook, Twitter, Google move to intercept Russian propaganda, disinformation about Ukraine

In recent days, social media companies have gotten more active in stemming the flow of official Russian propaganda, as well tackling sneakier efforts to spread disinformation about Ukraine. The steps follow pressure from policymakers in the U.S. and elsewhere for social media companies to counter narratives from Russia as it conducts its military offense. Meta, […]

Ukrainian cyber officials warn of new wave of phishing attacks

Ukrainian officials warned Friday that Belarusian hackers are sending a wave of phishing emails targeting Ukrainian soldiers and civilians. “Mass phishing emails have recently been observed targeting private ‘’ and ‘’ accounts of Ukrainian military personnel and related individuals,” Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team wrote in a Facebook post Friday. Both URLs belong to Ukraine-based […]

Belarusian hacktivist group attacks Belarusian Railways as military frictions mount

A group of Belarusian hackers claim to have encrypted the servers, databases and workstations of Belarusian Railways with the aim of slowing down Russian troop movements as tensions continue to mount toward a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Belarus Cyber Partisans — a group of pro-democracy hacktivists who have been targeting the Russia-friendly Belarusian […]

Belarus: Cyber upstart, or Russian staging ground?

As the prospect of further Russian aggression in Ukraine looms, the Biden administration is concerned about Russian cyber operations against the U.S. and its allies. Yet as the White House engages with Moscow and builds out plans around these risks, it must watch an overlooked development in Russia’s near-abroad: growing cyber integration between Belarus and the […]

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