Hackers are trying to sell Belarusian leader’s passport as NFT after information of the documents and many other Belarusian passports have been hacked by a hacker collective called the Belarusian Cyber Partisans.
According to the Belarusian Cyber Partisans, the move is part of a grassroots funding effort to combat “bloody governments in Minsk and Moscow.”
The members claim to have hacked into a government database storing every Belarusian citizen’s passport information, allowing them to build the “Belarisuan Passports” NFT collection which includes a digital passport allegedly including Lukashenko’s genuine information. Now the hackers are trying to sell the Belarusian leader’s passport as NFT.
🧵1/3🔥For the 1st time in human history a #hacktivist collective obtained passport info of the ALL country's citizens. Now we're offering you an opportunity to become a part of this history 😎. Get a unique digital version of #lukashenka passport as #NFT https://t.co/gOlWdoUehi pic.twitter.com/RxdWpBqA8f
— Belarusian Cyber-Partisans (@cpartisans) August 30, 2022
Because of a mistake on the first page of the word “Republic” and a misspelling of “Aleksandr,” some commentators have accused the information on the digital passport of being false.
The hackers on Twitter indicated that they attempted to sell the NFT collection on Lukashenko’s birthday, Aug. 30, via the OpenSea marketplace, but that the auction was quickly canceled, and that they are currently considering alternative possibilities.
“The dictator has a birthday today — help us ruin it for him! Get our work of art today. A special offer— a New Belarus passport for Lukashenko where he’s behind the bars.”
According to an OpenSea spokeswoman, the initiative violated business regulations about “doxxing and exposing personal identifying information about another individual without their consent.”
The Belarusian Cyber Partisans also indicated that they want to sell NFTs containing the passport information of additional government officials close to Lukashenko.
“We also offer passports of his closest allies and traitors of the people of #Belarus and #Ukraine. All the funds will go to support our work in hitting bloody regimes in #minsk & #moscow,” the group wrote.
Lukashenko is a divisive person who has been in power in Belarus since the country’s founding in 1994. Despite being elected on the promise of eradicating corruption, he has been accused of “rigging elections, torturing critics, and detaining and assaulting protestors” in the past by organizations such as the Organize Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
The hacktivists claim to be fiercely opposed to what they perceive to be a corrupt dictatorship led by Lukashenko, who has also irritated the group by supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Belarusian Cyber Partisans began a larger fundraising drive in February named the “Resistance Movement of Belarus,” with the goal of eventually usurping power from Lukashenko through its own self-defense troops. The campaign primarily accepts donations in the form of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin (BTC).
“We, the free citizens of Belarus, refuse to submit to this state and form the self-defence, as a people’ response to the unleashed terror. Our ultimate goal is the elimination of the dictatorial regime,” the group wrote.
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