An Eastern European hacktivist group called the Belarusian Cyber Partisans is attempting to sell NFTs of the passport information of its autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko and his close aides. The NFTs went on sale on OpenSE on 30 August – on Lukashenko’s birthday, but were removed by OpenSE on the same day.
1/3🔥First time in human history #hacktivist Collectively obtained passport information of citizens of all countries. Now we are giving you the opportunity to be a part of this history. Get a unique digital version of #lukashenka as a passport #nft https://t.co/gOlWdoUehi pic.twitter.com/RxdWpBqA8f
— Belarusian cyber-partisans (@cpartisans) 30 August 2022
The NFT collection, called Belarisuan Passports, is based on information obtained from hacking into a government database that stores passport information of every Belarusian citizen. One of the NFTs shows Lukashenko behind bars.
It is unknown whether the passport information is authentic, as observers have detected typos in the words “Republic” and “Alexander”.
The group, which has described Lukashenko and his close associates as “traitors”, said the profits they would make from selling the NFTs would fund their fight against regimes in Russia and Belarus.
Following the delisting event, the group said they were exploring alternative avenues, specifically AlgoGames and Rand Gallery.
A company spokesperson told Gizmodo that the initiative violated OpenSea’s policies to “exploit and expose personally identifiable information about another person without their knowledge.”
Lukashenko, described as an authoritarian, has been president in Belarus since 1994 and has 1,259 political prisoners in his country, according to Belarusian rights group Viasna.
In February, Cyberpartisans launched a fundraising campaign called “Belarus’ Resistance Motion”, which aims to overthrow Lukashenko and fund his efforts with donations in bitcoin (BTC).
The group takes issue with the corrupt regime under Lukashenko and lends its support to Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Credit : cryptoslate.com