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'Cyber Partisans' Say They Hacked Belarus Rail to Disrupt Russian Troops

  • Cyber Partisans aim to overthrow Alexander Lukashenko’s regime
  • Russia began sending troops last week to Belarus for drills

A group of Belarusian hackers said on Monday that it had breached computers used by Belarus’s railway network and encrypted data stored on them in an effort to disrupt the movement of Russian troops into the country.

The Cyber Partisans, a network of activist hackers that aims to overthrow Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, said it had targeted state-owned Belarusian Railway and encrypted the majority of the company’s servers, databases and workstations. A spokesman for the group said in an interview with Bloomberg News that the hackers were in the process of destroying a large amount of data held on a backup server.