Hackers leak data of 1,000 Belarusian police after protestors' arrests

21 Sept 2020

Hackers leak data of 1,000 Belarusian police after protestors' arrests

Personal data of 1,000 Belarusian police officers was leaked by hackers in retaliation to crackdown on street demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko. "As the arrests continue, we will continue to publish data on a massive scale," a statement on Telegram read. The government said it would find and punish those behind leaking the data which was distributed on Telegram channels.

More than 100,000 people marched through Minsk on Sunday on the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping up the pressure on the veteran Belarusian leader to quit. Many walked in a vast column that stretched back several kilometres, decked out in red-and-white opposition colours and chanting "go away" as helmeted riot police patrolled the streets with water canons on hand, a witness said. Several protesters were dragged away from the crowd by security forces. In the city centre, riot police rhythmically beat their shields as a warning while several people threw glass bottles at them.