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2 min readMar 8, 2022

Cyber ​​scams taking advantage of the war between Russia and Ukraine to steal data and money

The latest technology news with 24 Happenings Internet, social networks, mobile phones, gadgets, software, security. Digital services like WhatsApp and Telegram are helping organize help for people fleeing the war between Russia and Ukraine but they also welcome campaigns that seek cheat and swindle taking advantage of this conflict. Whenever there is an international conflict or an event that changes the order of things, such as the Covid-19 crisis, organized groups of hackers take advantage of moments of confusion to make their own August, as Panda Security points out. This cybersecurity company has detected up to five types of scams and deception through social networks, email and communication platforms such as WhatsApp or Telegram, with which cybercriminals seek to steal money and personal data. One of the scams is known as ‘de the person trapped in the Ukraine’ or ‘grandfather scam’in which cybercriminals pose as a desperate man who needs help getting his grandson out of the conflict zone. In the message, the impostor tells his victims that he has lost his passport or that he cannot withdraw money from the bank and that he needs a transfer or a transaction through mobile applications. And to be more effective, resorts to social engineering, to study other people who may have relatives or acquaintances in the conflict zone. This type, as explained by Panda, resorts to the use of images manipulated with programs such as Photoshop, to appear more realistic, and arrives through known people who receive a message and amplify it from their social networks or from their instant messaging platforms. Based on ‘the nigerian princess scam’, a second hoax pretends to be a millionaire who needs to move his money from one account to another to leave the country. However, this alleged victim of the conflict you need the help of a third party who must pay high costs for making the transfers in exchange for later receiving a much higher percentage. Panda has also highlighted the fake money donation campaigns or help they use phishing, that is, they pose as legitimate entities (such as NGOs) to deceive victims and get large amounts of money through false platforms that pretend to be the real ones. Shows of support for victims and condemnation that follow war or a terrorist attack are also exploited to obtain personal data, and not just money. As an example of the platforms to request signatures the ‘hackers’ create their own to get hold of the access data of the users in which, many times, it is necessary to provide information as relevant as the DNI or postal address. Finally, from Panda they have warned of informative manipulation “one of the most powerful weapons in cyber warfare”: rumors and fake news) spread through social networks, but also images and videos that have been manipulated (deepfakes). Also, if you still haven’t received breaking news alerts on your mobile and you want to know the information before anyone else,

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