A group of hackers called the Belarusian Cyber Partisans have been trying to sell a non-vulnerable token (NFT) containing the passport information of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarusian cyber partisans said the move was part of a grassroots fundraising campaign to fight “bloody regimes in Minsk and Moscow”.
The members claimed to have hacked into a government database containing the passport information of every Belarusian citizen, allowing them to launch a collection of NFTs called “Belarusian Passports,” which included a digital passport containing Lukashenko’s authentic information.
1/3 For the first 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 an exclusive digital version #Lukashenka Passport as #NFT https://t.co/gOlWdoUehi pic.twitter.com/RxdWpBqA8f
– Cyber-Partisans of Belarus (@cpartisans) August 30, 2022
Some observers have alleged that the information on the digital passport is fake, due to the typo and “Alexander” written on the front page of the world “Republic”.
The hackers on Twitter said that they tried to sell a batch of NFTs through the OpenSea marketplace on August 30, Lukashenko’s birthday, but that the sale was immediately suspended and that they are now looking at other options.
“The dictator has a birthday today – help us destroy him! Find our artwork today. Special offer – a new Belarusian passport for Lukashenko is behind the bar.
An OpenSea spokesperson told Gizmodo that the project involved “displaying and exposing personally identifiable information about someone else without their consent,” which violated the company’s rules.
It has been revealed that Belarusian cybercriminals who are closely linked to Lukashenko are looking to sell NFTs containing passport information to other government officials.
“We offer passports to close allies and traitors to the people of #Belarus and #Ukraine. All funds will go to the team to support our work to overthrow the bloody regimes in #Minsk and #Moscow.”
Lukashenko has been a controversial figure since the country’s founding in 1998. “Election Fraud, Torture of Critics and Arrest and Beating of Dissenters”.
The hackers said they strongly oppose what they believe is the corrupt regime of Lukashenko, which has angered the group for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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In February, Belarusian cyber partisans launched a massive fundraising campaign called the “Belarusian Resistance Movement” to eventually unseat Lukashenko with his own defense force. The campaign mainly takes donations through crypto assets like Bitcoin (BTC).
“We, the free citizens of Belarus, refuse to submit to this state and establish self-defense, which is the people’s response to the terror. Our ultimate goal is to remove the dictatorship,” he wrote.