Anti-government hackers tried to sell what they say is the NFT of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s passport.Belarusian Cyber Partisans Members of the group claim to have obtained passport data on all citizens of the country.
Belarusian Cyber Guerrillas Attempt to Publish NFT Passport Collection on Onpensea
A hacking group called “Belarusian Cyber Partisans” boasts of having gained access to a government database that stores passport details of all citizens, including high-ranking officials like Belarus’ long-ruling government, Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The hackers have released a collection of non-fusible tokens (NFTs) called “Passports of Belarusians,” which reportedly includes passport data of the country’s president and his entourage. The group further attempted to list this collection on the leading NFT marketplace, Onpensea, but the platform removed it as a violation of its terms.
🧵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
The “Initiatives for Earthquake Disaster Reconstruction” will be implemented. Also, “While the dictator is still alive… . in prison…” We also propose a “special offer” to purchase his passport with a photo that reads.
In another tweet, the hacktivist group said it also offered for sale the passports of Lukashenko’s closest allies “and traitors to the people of Belarus and Ukraine.” Its members promise that all funds raised will be used to support “our efforts to beat the bloody regime in Minsk&Moscow.”
However, some in the crypto community doubt the authenticity of the identification document, Russian crypto news outlet Bits.media remarks in a report. It points to a typo on the first page depicted in the digital version of Lukashenko’s passport and a misspelling of his first name in English.
The “Belarusian Cyber Partisans” have targeted Lukashenko-led regimes in Eastern Europe, including providing logistical support for Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. For example, it is responsible for cyberattacks against Belarus’ railroad system and has demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country.
The hacking group raises funds in cryptocurrency to finance its activities. According to a report published in early February by blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, before Russia launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine, the Belarusian cyberguerrillas were able to raise $84,000 inBTCin the six months prior.
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