Anti-government hackers attempted to sell what they say was an NFT passport of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Members of the Belarusian Cyber Partisans collective claim to have obtained the passport data of all citizens of the country.
Cyber Guerrillas from Belarus Try listing NFT passport collection on Opensea
A hacker group known as the “Belarusian Cyber Partisans” boasted that they gained access to a government database that stores the passport details of every Belarusian citizen, including senior officials such as the country’s long-term head of state. , Alexander Lukashenko.
The hackers have released a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) called “Passports of Belarusians”, which is said to also contain the passport data of the country’s president and his close associates. The group also tried to list the collection on the main NFT Opensea market, but the platform removed it in violation of its terms.
🧵1 / 3🔥For the first time in human history a #hacktivist Collectively obtained passport information from ALL citizens of all countries. Now we offer you the opportunity to be part of this story 😎. Get a unique digital version of #lukashenka passport like #NFT https://t.co/gOlWdoUehi pic.twitter.com/RxdWpBqA8f
– Belarusian cyber partisans (@cpartisans) August 30, 2022
Promoting their initiative on Twitter, the group noted that it will launch NFTs exactly on Lukashenko’s birthday, August 30th. “Help us ruin him”, the followers urge, suggesting also a “special offer” – to buy a passport version of him with a picture of the “dictator … behind bars … while he is still alive”.
In another tweet, the hacktivist collective claims to have also put up for sale the passports of Lukashenko’s closest allies “and traitors to the people of Belarus and Ukraine”. Its members promise that all the funds raised will go to support “our work in targeting the bloodthirsty regimes in Minsk and Moscow”.
However, some members of the cryptocurrency community have doubted the authenticity of the identification documents, Russian news agency Bits.media notes in a report. It indicates a typo on the first page depicted in the digital version of Lukashenko’s passport and a misspelling of his name in English.
The “Belarusian cyberpartisans” have targeted the Lukashenko-led administration of the Eastern European nation for its support – logistical and otherwise – for the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine. For example, he took responsibility for a cyber attack on the Belarusian railway system, demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country.
The hacker group has raised cryptocurrency funds to finance its activities. According to a report by blockchain analytics firm Elliptic released in early February, before Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine, Belarusian cyber guerillas had been able to raise $ 84,000 in BTC in the previous six months.
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