Human rights defenders issue a statement concerning the cracking of the website of Mahiliou "Viasna" branch

2013 2013-04-04T16:17:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

In the evening of 2 April unidentified persons acquired unauthorized access to the website of Mahiliou branch of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and published an article with threats to indpendent journalist Ales Burakou on behalf of human rights defender Barys Bukhel. The unknown offenders hacked the website security and changed the administrator's passwords.

Mahiliou human rights defenders Aliaksei Kolchyn and Barys Bukhel issued a special statement on this occasion:

"As it is known, recently the website of Mahiliou branch of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" suffered a hacker attack which resulted in a temporary loss of control over its content. Some articles, allegedly written by the well-known Mahiliou human rights defender Barys Bukhel, were published at the website as front-page news.

We won't deal with the analysis of these texts or disprove their content. What we consider as necessary is to state that Barys Bukhel has no relation to them and that the "article" was published at the website without our knowledge.

We offer our apologies to visitors of our website and personally to our friend Ales Burakou, whose name was mentioned in a negative context in the "article" published at the website.

We also have to say the following to those who like hiding behind someone else's backs: thank you for the free promotion of our work, but we are disappointed at your primitivism. If you really have something to say – say it openly. We are open to discussions and worthy thoughts and ideas can be published at the website of Mahiliou branch of HRC "Viasna". However, any discussion must be held decently, leaving alone the admissibility of criminal actions.

We call on the readers of the website of Mahiliou branch of HRC "Viasna" to continue using it as a non-censored informational source about human rights news events in Mahiliou region."

Computer specialists are now dealing with the restoration of the website and regaining the control over it.