The hacktivist group Belarusian Cyber Partisans claims to have hacked into the Belarusian government database, which contains the passport data of every citizen, created an NFT collection from the pages of the self-proclaimed Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko passport and put it up for sale. Cyber Partisans say the move is part of a massive fundraising campaign to fight murderous regimes in Minsk and Moscow. The first sale attempt took place on Lukashenko's birthday on August 30. The collection was listed on the OpenSea marketplace, however, according to the hacktivists, the sale was immediately suspended. Cyber Partisans are now exploring other options for trading platforms. A spokesperson for OpenSea reacted to the listing by stating that the NFT collection on display violated the company's rules regarding "doxxing and revealing personal identifying information about another person without their consent." In response, the hacktivists reported that they were also going to sell NFTs with the passport details of other government officials with close ties to Lukashenko: “We also offer passports of his closest allies and traitors of the people of #Belarus and #Ukraine.” — Cyber Partisans wrote on Twitter. It seems that in the next presidential elections, the number of votes for Lukashenko will finally be able to overcome the 100% mark.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has published an episode of the Inside the FBI podcast titled "Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Ruja Ignatova," dedicated to Onecoin co-founder Ruja Ignatova, also known as "Crypto Queen," who has been on the run since perhaps the biggest scam in the history of digital money that occurred in 2017. Ignatova is accused of embezzling about $4 billion and, according to US law, she faces 90 years in prison. In June of this year, the FBI put Ignatova on the list of 10 most wanted criminals. Law enforcement agencies are willing to pay a reward of up to $100,000 for any information that will help arrest the "Crypto Queen." Interestingly, the Onecoin co-founder is also on the list of most wanted criminals in Europe, but Europol is offering a reward of up to €5,000 for information about her whereabouts. By the way, there are rumors that in July 2022 the Greek police still managed to get some information about Ignatova, but the details are not specified. Podcast host Monica Grover, who works for the FBI's Office of Public Affairs, said, that Ignatova "currently 42 years old and has brown eyes and dark brown to black hair. However, investigators believe she could have changed her physical appearance." That is, at the moment it’s known for sure that the criminal may look like this or somehow differently.
According to a number of media outlets, the chief operating officer of the crypto investment company Pantera Capital, Samir Shah, has left his position. “But this is inaccurate,” since the only source that confirms this information is the businessman’s LinkedIn account. Shah joined Pantera in July this year. When he took over, he said he was "excited to partner with Dan Morehead, Joey Krug and the broader Pantera team to help take the organization to new heights!" But something, apparently, went wrong, and the point here, most likely, is not only in Shah himself, but in the general trend that has been maintained in the company in recent months. Last month, legal counsel Joe Cysiewski also left the company to take over as chief of staff for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In general, Pantera's staff is gradually being reduced, but this does not affect the company's investment ambitions, which may be the result of a hard-tolerated crypto-winter. One way or another, Shah's departure is still really in question, since neither the company nor the businessman himself has commented on the situation. But now a manual “how to intrigue the crypto community with the help of LinkedIn” has appeared in wide access.