Anti-government hackers have tried to sell what they say are NFTs of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s passport. Members of the Belarus Cyber Party group claim to have obtained the passport information of all citizens of the country.
Cyber guerrillas from Belarus try to list NFT passport collection on Openea
A hacking group known as the Belarusian Cyber Partisans boasted that it had access to a government database that stored the passport information of every Belarusian citizen, including high-ranking officials such as the country’s longtime head of state, Alexander Lukashenko.
Hackers released a non-vulnerable token (NFTs) called “Belarusian passports” that allegedly contained the passport information of the country’s president and close associates. The group also tried to list the collection on the NFT marketplace Openea, but the platform removed it for violating its terms.
?1/3?For the 1st time in human history, a #hactivist Common passport information of all citizens of the country. Now we are giving you a chance to be a part of this story ? Get a unique digital version #Lukashenka Passport as #NFT https://t.co/gOlWdoUehi pic.twitter.com/RxdWpBqA8f
– Cyber-Partisans of Belarus (@cpartisans) August 30, 2022
Announcing their initiative on Twitter, the group said it was launching NFTs on August 30, Lukashenko’s birthday. “Help us destroy him,” they urge followers, as well as “special offer” – buy the passport edition. With a photo of “The Dictator… Behind Bars…” while he was alive.
In another tweet, the hacking group said the passports of Lukashenko’s closest associates “and traitors to the people of Belarus and Ukraine” were for sale. The members pledged that all funds raised would support “our work to defeat the bloody regimes in Minsk and Moscow”.
However, some in the crypto community have questioned the authenticity of the ID documents, Russian crypto news outlet Bits.media commented on the report. A digital version of Lukashenko’s passport shows a typo on the first page showing a misspelling of his first name in English.
“Belarusian cyber parties” are targeting East European governments led by Lukashenko – logistically and otherwise – for Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. For example, he claimed responsibility for the cyber attack on the Belarusian railway line, demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country.
The hacking group is raising funds in cryptocurrency to support its activities. According to a report by blockchain analytics firm Elliptic published in early February, Belarusian cyber guerrillas managed to collect $84,000 in BTC in the last six months before Russia began its “special military operation” in Ukraine.
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