ESET: Hackers Trapped with Fake e-Government Applications

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Lukas Stefanko employees within the ESET computer hackers announced that increased activity in Turkey. Stefanko stated that hackers are acting now over e-Government, and that information about citizens is being stolen through fake sites and mobile applications.

The coronavirus epidemic that occurs in Wuhan, China and affects the whole world continues to affect life negatively. People stay at home as much as possible in order not to get infected with the virus and infect their loved ones, and when this is the case, all the things to be done are tried to be carried out over the Internet as much as possible. Of course, this situation does not escape the attention of hackers.

One of the most effective weapons of hackers is to create fake web pages of official institutions and organizations and try to get people’s information. In general, hackers, who come up with excuses to attract people, focus on the credit card information of the people they drop into their networks, especially. Cyber ​​security experts say that hackers’ move has increased lately.

Lukas Stefanko, who continues to work at ESET, one of the most important names in the cyber security sector, announced that hackers are currently trying to trap citizens through fake e-Government applications. In fact, the reasons why hackers choose e-Government can be understood. Turkey is going through an extraordinary process like other countries, stay at home and call in the period in which the utilization rate of e-Government has increased a great deal in.

Hackers offer explanations about mask or credit card fees to citizens with fake websites and mobile applications they create. As such, a pensive citizen is fooled into these false claims and accesses the website or mobile application in question. Citizens who fall into the trap of hackers are losing important information such as identity cards or credit cards.

If you are a person who frequently uses Twitter, you have definitely seen e-Government oriented sponsored content falling on your streaming page. ESET states that this type of content focusing on free masks and credit card fees is completely fake and that this fraud campaign may have been launched by Turkish hackers.

What should be done to avoid falling into the traps of hackers?
Lukas Stefanko offers some advice to protect internet users in our country from hackers. As can be expected, one of these recommendations is to be cautious about the clicked links. Stefanko also states that in order not to be a victim of hackers, the URL of the relevant website must be filled in manually, especially when trying to access the website of official institutions and organizations.

It can be difficult to know the URL of a website by heart. However, there are some things you can do at this point. For example, if you are going to login to e-Government through an internet browser, you can check that the website has the ‘gov.tr’ extension. Thus, you avoid fake websites.

Stefanko; He states that it is important to have security updates of products such as computers, smartphones or tablets, as well as the official application stores of the operating system you use. Stating that even the applications in the official application stores may not be safe, Stefanko says it will be useful to check the permissions requested by the applications and who developed the application.


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