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Cyber Police say election watchdog under "constant" hacking attacks

"They are paid for from the same crypto wallets as before."

Cyber Police say election watchdog under "constant" hacking attacks
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The head of the Cyber Police Department, Serhiy Demedyuk, has said that servers of the Central Electoral Commission and computers of its members come under "constant" hacking attacks.

"There are constant attacks – from simple ones to replacing apps used by employees. New Year greetings infected with viruses were sent as if on behalf of government organisations on such a scale that they flooded all. Such distribution lists, spam letters with malware for remote control of computers are sent to them, their relatives. This is the simplest method but it is effective," Demedyuk told Reuters.

He noted that no intrusions into the electoral system has been registered yet. Large-scale attacks are expected a month before the election when regional election commissions get to work.

Hackers specializing in stealing private data have been more active recently too. They are focusing on public servants and those who service the equipment of the Central Electoral Commission.

"They are paid for from the same crypto wallets that were used to finance earlier attacks. This shows us that these are the same hacking organisations controlled by the Russian special services," he said.

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