Second case of Diya application forgery detected

Source : 112 Ukraine

The developer faces up to three years in prison
13:41, 4 November 2021

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The cyber police of the Kharkiv region exposed another young man who created a simulated version of the Diya application. Users had the opportunity to create any document - from a passport to a Covid certificate on a paid basis as the National Police reported.

A young man on a remote server created a website that looked like the original Diya application in a mobile phone browser. Subject to a subscription, the young man provided users with a link to his development through a bot in the messenger. Using this link, citizens could create documents with their own hands, which were reflected in the fake application. Besides, the web platform generated a fake QR code, which, after scanning, even showed a page for its successful validation.

"The subscription cost 200 hryvnias (~$7.63). Besides, for 200 hryvnias (~$7.63), users had the opportunity to generate a fake passport of a citizen of Ukraine, 300 hryvnias (~$11.45) cost a fictitious Covid certificate, 100 hryvnias (~$3.82) - a driver's license," the message says.

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Over 20,000 users have logged into the offender's bot. The bot is currently blocked.

At the place of residence of the defendant, law enforcement officers searched and seized a hard drive, smartphones and bank cards that were used in illegal activities.

A criminal proceeding was opened due to the violation of sanitary rules and norms for the prevention of infectious diseases and mass poisoning. The maximum punishment that an attacker can face is up to three years in prison. Investigative proceedings are still underway.

Related: Diya app adds children's Сovid-certificate in Ukraine

On October 25, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov reported that fraudsters have created a fake Diya application. With the help of the program, they create fake Covid-certificates and passports.


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