Written by AJ Vicens
Feb 28, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP
A group of Belarusian hackers and IT specialists claimed Sunday that they’d attacked the Belarusian Railways in an attempt to “slow down the transfer of occupying forces and give the Ukrainians more time to repel the attack,” according to a Google translation of the message posted to the group’s Telegram channel.
The hackers — who call themselves the Cyber Partisans and have targeted Belarus’ autocratic government and its leader, Alexander Lukashenko, dating back to September 2020 — said Sunday their hack “paralyzed” some railway operations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk and in Orsha, an eastern Belarusian city between Moscow and Misk. Some railway operations were switched to manual mode, the group said, “which will significantly slow down the movement of trains, but will NOT create accidents.”
“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,” the group wrote.
The extent and duration of the disruption is unclear. Bloomberg reported Sunday that some systems had been restored while others weren’t operating and external train network websites were down, making it difficult