Hackers Offer to Sell Belarus President Lukashenko’s Passport as NFT – Bitcoin News

Anti-government hackers have attempted to sell what they say is an NFT of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s passport. The members of the ‘Belarusian Cyber Partisans’ collective claim to have obtained the passport data of all of the country’s citizens.

Cyber Guerrillas in Belarus Want to Opensea Their NFT Passport Collection

A hacking group known as ‘Belarusian Cyber ​​Partisans’ have bragged about gaining access to a government database storing the passport details of every citizen of Belarus, including high-ranking officials like 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 also is said to contain the passport data of the country’s president and his close associates. Further, the group tried to post the collection on the leading NFT platform Opensea but was denied as it violated its terms.

Promoting their initiative on Twitter, the group noted it’s launching the NFTs exactly on Lukashenko’s birthday, Aug. 30. “Help us ruin it for him,” they urge followers while also suggesting a “special offer” — to buy a version of his passport with a photo of “the dictator… behind the bars… while he’s still alive.”

In another tweet, the hacktivist collective says it has also put the passports of Lukashenko’s closest allies “and traitors of the people of Belarus and Ukraine” up for sale. Its members promise that all raised funds will go to support “our work in hitting bloody regimes in Minsk & Moscow.”

The report by Bits.media, a Russian news site about crypto, says that some crypto enthusiasts have doubted their authenticity. 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.

‘Belarusian Cyber Partisans’ has been targeting the Lukashenko-led administration of the Eastern European nation for its support — logistical and otherwise — of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. It demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops and took over responsibility for cyberattacks on Belarus’s railroad network.

This hacking group is raising cryptocurrency funds to fund its operations. According to a report by blockchain analytics firm Elliptic published in early February, before Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine, the Belarusian cyber guerrillas had been able to collect $84,000 in BTC in the preceding six months.

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Lubomir Tatsev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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