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Ukraine warns of cyberattack aiming to hack users’ Telegram Messenger accounts

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The messaging app Telegram has been one of the go-to points for Ukrainians since the start of the Russian invasion. Here, Ukrainians have been able to share news, share important information and keep up to date with loved ones. 

Ukraine’s President Zelensky has even used the app to send videos and messages to his followers, urging them to resist the Russians and not give up hope. 

However, Ukraine’s technical security and intelligence service have released a warning to those using the app that their data and Telegram account may be at risk. 

New device detected 

The cyber scam going around goes as follows. 

  • The criminals send messages alerting recipients that a login had been detected from a new device located in Russia.
  • The user is asked to confirm their account by clicking a link within the message.
  • The leak unknowingly takes the victim to a phishing domain where they are prompted to enter their phone number and the one-time passwords sent via SMS that are then used by the cybercriminals to take control of the account.
  • With this control, they can also get into users’ email accounts and send out more phishing messaging from their newly acquired Telegram and email accounts to gather further information from their friends and families, such as passwords, banking information, and more.

Armageddon strikes again 

The second type of cyberattack that has been seen by Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) involves war-related emails being sent to Ukrainian government agencies- The emails deploy a piece of espionage malware and infect the host’s device. 

The Russian-based threat actor is associated with the FSB and has, in the past, interfered with Ukrainian elections, emails, covert operations, and more. 

Other online dangers 

When it comes to online dangers, no one is immune regardless of their status. Technology and attacks from hackers have become more and more sophisticated, and even large organizations sometimes get caught off guard. 

The most common daggers online are: 

  1. Phishing attacks
  2. Ransomware attacks
  3. Malware
  4. Viruses
  5. Trojan attacks
  6. Password hacks

When around 3.4 billion phishing emails are sent out each day alone, it can be hard to avoid falling for a scam eventually, especially when there are so many other types of attacks to contend with. 

How to prevent attacks 

  1. Use a VPN

One of the easiest ways to start by protecting your device and personal data is installing a VPN and connecting to a UK server before connecting to the internet. A VPN UK will protect you from data hacks, server breaches, and other threats by allowing you to browse the internet on a virtual private network. 

All your information will be hidden and encrypted, making it impossible for a cybercriminal to get onto your network and steal your private data. 

  1. Use Antivirus

An antivirus program can help in many ways, including warning you about threatening websites, malicious links, spam emails, malware, etc. An antivirus program is like a security sweeper on your device that is constantly checking for threats, so you don’t click somewhere you shouldn’t go by mistake. 

  1. Install a Password Manager

The most cited reason people use easy, repetitive, and guessable passwords is that they’re too difficult to remember otherwise. This is true. However, a password manager will suggest a strong, unique password and store it for you, too, so you don’t have to remember it. 

  1. Keep Software Up to Date

Any software you have on your device will need updating whenever the publisher releases it. These updates frequently include security updates, bug fixes, and perhaps even patched-up vulnerabilities. 

If you’re not keeping all software up to date, you’re risking exposing your device through that program. 

  1. Don’t Click Unknown Links

Remember those 3.4 billion phishing emails sent a day? With such a high number, a few will likely end up in your inbox each week. Don’t click links from unknown or suspicious senders. Delete and move on. 

Stay Protected 

Individuals, companies, and even government organizations can get hit by cyberattacks. The financial and emotional fallout is sometimes quite crippling for those affected. 

However, you can keep yourself protected as best you can with straightforward steps like having antivirus and a VPN UK installed, using a password manager, and avoiding unknown links. 

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