NFT hackers sell stolen passports on OpenSea
An eastern European hacktivist organisation claims to have hacked every individual passport in Belarus, including its despotic dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, who refers to himself as the "last tyrant of Europe." Following the alleged data theft last summer, the Belarusian Cyber Partisans (BCP) minted many of the country's citisens passports as NFTs, including Lukashenko's. They listed them for sale on the crypto marketplace OpenSea earlier this week.
The NFT hack group is said to be made up of unknown Belarusian IT specialists who have launched a digital war on the Lukashenko administration, which they consider corrupt and illegitimate.
Lukashenko is a divisive person who has been in power in Belarus since the country's founding in 1994. Despite being elected on the promise of eradicating corruption, he has been accused of "rigging elections, torturing critics, and detaining and assaulting protestors" in the past by organisations such as the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
The hacktivists claim to be fiercely opposed to what they perceive to be a corrupt dictatorship led by Lukashenko, who has also irritated the group by supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Through this NFT hack, the Belarusian Cyber Partisans also indicated that they wanted to sell NFTs containing the passport information of additional government officials close to Lukashenko.
"We also provide passports of his closest friends and traitors to the peoples of #Belarus and #Ukraine." "All funds will be used to support our work in targeting bloodthirsty regimes in #minsk and #moscow," the group wrote.
OpenSea took down the offerings made by the NFT hacks
OpenSea took down the offers the same day they went up, later notifying Gizmodo that the crypto assets violated its rules on "doxxing." According to a business spokesperson:
"OpenSea's Terms of Service prohibit Doxxing and exposing personal information about another individual without their knowledge. The site enforces its policy in various methods, including blocking purchasing and trading on infringing content, delisting, and, in certain cases, banning accounts, as was the case in this case."
Author: Priya Kumari
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