Hackers who are against the government have tried to sell what they say is the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko’s, NFT. The “Belarusian Cyber Partisans” group says it has all of the passport information for the country’s people.
Opensea should have a list of Internet hackers from Belarus NFT Passport Collection.
The group of hackers who call themselves “Belarusian Cyber Partisans” has said that they were able to get into a government database that had information on every person in Belarus, including high-ranking officials like the country’s long-serving president, Alexander Lukashenko.
The hackers have released a set of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) called “Passports of Belarusians.” This set is said to include the passport information of the president and other important people in the country. The group then tried to sell the collection on the popular NFT marketplace Opensea, but the site took it down because it broke its rules.
The group tweeted about their plan and said that the NFTs would be released on August 30, which is also Lukashenko’s birthday. They ask supporters to “help us wreck it for him” and offer a “special offer” to buy a copy of his passport with a picture of “the tyrant… behind bars… while he’s still alive.”
In another tweet, the hacktivist group says that it has also put up for sale the passports of “traitors of the people of Belarus and Ukraine” who are close to Lukashenko. Members of the group say that all money raised will be used to “hit bloody regimes in Minsk and Moscow.”
But in a report, the Russian crypto news site Bits.media says that some people in the cryptocurrency community aren’t sure if the identity papers are real. It points out that Lukashenko’s passport has a mistake on the first page, which can be seen in the digital version, and that his first name is spelled wrong in English.
“Belarusian Cyber Partisans” have attacked the government of Belarus led by Lukashenko because it helped with logistics and other things for Russia’s invasion of the nearby Ukraine. For example, it said it was behind a cyberattack on Belarus’s train system and asked that Russian troops leave the country.
The hacker collective has been asking for money through cryptocurrencies to help pay for its operations. Before Russia started its “special military operation” in Ukraine, a study by blockchain analytics company Elliptic showed that Belarusian cyber guerillas had been able to collect $84,000 in Bitcoin over the previous six months.