A group of hacktivists called the Belarusian Cyber Partisans attempted to sell a non-fungible token (NFT) that allegedly contained the passport information of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
The Belarusian cyber partisans say the move is part of a grassroots fundraising campaign to fight “bloody regimes in Minsk and Moscow”.
The members claim to have hacked into a government database containing the passport information of every Belarusian citizen, allowing them to launch an NFT collection called Belarisuan Passports, which includes a digital passport believed to be Lukashenko’s contain real information.
1/3 For the 1st time in human history a #hacktivis collectively obtain passport information from ALL the country’s citizens. Now we offer you an opportunity to become 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) 30 August 2022
Some observers have accused the information on the digital passport of being fake, due to a typo on the cover of the word “Republic” and a misspelling of “Aleksandr.”
The hackers on Twitter said they tried to sell the NFT collection via the OpenSea market on Tuesday, on Lukashenko’s birthday. However, they said the sale was closed immediately, and are now looking at other options:
“The dictator’s birthday today — help us ruin it for him! Get our artwork today. A special offer— a new Belarusian passport for Lukashenko while he is behind bars.”
An OpenSea spokesperson told Gizmodo that the project violated company rules regarding “doxxing and disclosing personal identifying information about another person without their consent.”
The Belarusian cyber partisans also revealed that they want to sell NFTs with the passport information of other government officials closely connected to Lukashenko.
“We also offer passports of his closest allies and traitors to the people of #Belarus and #Ukraine. All the funds will go to support our work to hit bloody regimes in #minsk and #moscow,” the group wrote.
Lukashenko is quite the controversial figure and has been at the helm of Belarus since the nation’s inception in 1994. Despite being elected on the premise of rooting out corruption, he has been accused by the likes of Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project describes as having “rigged elections, tortured critics, and arrested and beaten protesters” in the past.
The hacktivists state that they are fiercely opposed to what they feel is a corrupt regime under Lukashenko, who has also angered the group with his support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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In February, The Belarusian Cyber Partisans launched a broader fundraising campaign called the “Resistance Movement of Belarus”, which aims to eventually take power from Lukashenko through his own self-defense forces. The campaign primarily takes donations through crypto-assets such as Bitcoin (BTC).
“We, the free citizens of Belarus, refuse to submit to this state and form the self-defense, as a people’s response to the unleashed terror. Our ultimate goal is the elimination of the dictatorial regime,” the group wrote.