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Telegram bots: Phishing attacks cause danger in chat

Telegram users in the crosshairs of cyber criminals

Telegram has become one of the most popular messaging platforms worldwide. In addition to some advantages, the platform also harbors risks. An emerging threat that Telegram users are facing is phishing attacks via Telegram bots.

What is phishing?

Phishing is a type of cyber attack in which fraudsters attempt to steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers or personal data by posing as trustworthy sources. This is often done via fake emails, websites or messages designed to trick victims into clicking on fraudulent links or revealing personal information.

Phishing attacks have caused significant damage to companies in the past, both financially and in terms of reputation, as customers often lost confidence after cases of data theft. The risk is therefore not only increasing for private users of the messaging platform, but also for companies that use Telegram for internal company communication. In particular, access data to company accounts and sensitive customer information are at stake.

 

Danger of phishing through Telegram bots

Telegram bots are automated accounts that perform tasks within the Telegram platform, from delivering messages to performing transactions.

Fraudsters are now using these bots as tools for phishing attacks. They create fake bots that impersonate legitimate companies, services or people and trick users into revealing personal information or opening malicious links.

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How do attacks via Telegram bots work?

Phishing attacks via Telegram bots usually follow a similar pattern. First, the attackers create a fake bot that mimics the appearance and functionality of a real bot. This could be a customer support bot from a bank that claims to offer help with transactions, or a bot from an online store that promises discounts and special offers.

Once the fake bot is created, the attackers spread links to this bot in Telegram groups, channels or private messages. They use tactics such as social engineering to persuade users to click on the link. For example, they could claim that the bot offers exclusive rewards or information that can only be accessed through this link.

As soon as a user clicks on the link and interacts with the fake bot, they may be asked to enter personal information such as passwords, credit card details or personal identification data. In some cases, the bot can also send malicious links or files that are used to install malware on the victim’s device.

 

How can you protect yourself?

In view of the increasing spread of phishing attacks via Telegram bots, it is important to protect yourself against this threat. Here are some steps users can take to defend themselves.

 

1) Check the authenticity

Before you trust a Telegram bot and disclose personal information, you should make sure that it is authentic. Check the official website or contact information of the company or person running the bot to make sure it is legitimate.

 

2) Be skeptical of links

Be careful if you are sent links to Telegram bots from unknown sources, especially if they are associated with excessive promises or pressure. Avoid clicking on suspicious links and check the URL before entering any personal information.

 

3) Update your security software

Keep your antivirus and security software up to date to protect yourself from malware that can be spread via phishing attacks.

 

4) Report suspicious activities

If you come across a suspicious Telegram bot, report it to Telegram immediately to protect other users.

 

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Companies must protect themselves

In addition to phishing attacks on messaging services such as Telegram, email communication is the number one gateway for cyber criminals. Companies are therefore dependent on appropriate protective measures in the area of e-mail security. In particular, this includes reliable email security software that stops phishing emails and associated threats such as malware and ransomware before they infiltrate the inboxes of unsuspecting employees.

 

Conclusion

Phishing attacks via Telegram bots pose a serious threat to the security and privacy of users. Fraudsters use fake bots and manipulative tactics to try to steal personal information or spread malware. It is important to remain vigilant and take the necessary steps to protect yourself from this threat. By checking authenticity, being skeptical of links and updating security software , users can help protect themselves from phishing attacks via Telegram bots and ensure their online safety.

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