Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Interest Of Belarusian Secret Service In Social Networks

Posted by Info on 25/01/2011

Interest of the Belarusian secret service in social networks is not accidental. It was the Internet and social networks that Belarusians used to break the information vacuum in the county in the run-up to the elections. That’s why the repressions touched upon not only popular politicians, but also founders of biggest Internet venues.
Hundreds of computers have been confiscated during the month of arrests and raids. This is the easiest way to access confidential information of an Internet user.

Disabling https encryption on the voting day on December 19 that led to blocking Gmail and Facebook can be considered another possible way of hacking. Most world’s services use encryption for authorization. Blocking port 443 allows capturing passwords or means someone wants to steal passwords to personal accounts of Internet users. It probably was a side affect of the so called Potato Firewall. It cannot be excluded that all Belarusians, who tried to access their accounts in, for example, Vkontakte network on December 19, left a copy of their passwords in the Operative and Analytical Center.


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