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Hackers carry out attacks in Ukraine using topic of vaccination

Source : 112 Ukraine

Now the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center has analyzed all stages of the cyber attack and blocked phishing domains
19:50, 13 February 2021

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The number of phishing attacks using the topic of coronavirus vaccination has increased in Ukraine. The hackers created a fake website that mimicked the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. This was reported by the press service of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

"At the end of January, the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center (NCCC) detected a phishing cyberattack aimed at Ukrainian Internet users, the main theme of which was the start of vaccination against Covid-19 in Ukraine," the message says.

According to experts, a fake website was created on the popular hosting platform, which imitated the website of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The attackers registered several domains that resembled the official domain of the Ministry of Health - moz.gov.ua.

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"On this fake page, information was posted about the start of the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination campaign from January 25, with a proposal to download a file (Word document) with details. Malicious code was embedded in this document, which, when the file is opened, is hidden from the user and executes another malicious script," the center said.

The experts also explained that in this way the attackers gained full access to a person's computer and could control it remotely.

Now the NCCC has analyzed all stages of the cyber attack and blocked phishing domains.

Last year in Israel, cyberattacks were carried out on laboratories that are working on the development of a vaccine against coronavirus. Attacks have also been reported against the servers of other vaccine research centers around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

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