Cyber Partisans

“Cyber Partisans consists of a group of Belarusian IT workers who live abroad. In an August 2021 interview to Bloomberg, hackers shared some details about themselves: they are 15 people, none of whom are professional hackers; of them, only 3 or 4 perform the hacks, others deal with the analysis of obtained data; and some group members were penetration testers before joining the group. Members are anonymous even to each other. The group describes its activities as ethical hacking, as it goes only against the state and do not harm to ordinary citizens. In late January 2022, the group reportedly consisted of some 30 people. Its spokesperson, Yuliana Shemetovets, is based in New York.

An anonymous spokesperson for the group told in an interview to MIT Technology Review: “What we want is to stop the violence and repression from the terroristic regime in Belarus and to bring the country back to democratic principles and rule of law.” In 2021 and 2022, the group affirmed that it was not collaborating with any foreign government, but “we are not against it, as long as it aligns with our depicted goals, to change the regime.””