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BSI and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution warn politicians against Whatsapp takeovers






The BSI and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution are currently warning members of parliament against the takeover of messenger accounts by criminals.

As Spiegel Online reports, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution have high-ranking members of the Bundestag in front of a

“Social engineering campaign specifically targeting high-ranking political figures”

warned.

According to Spiegel information, the goal is the “takeover of user accounts,” as the title of the five-page document says.

BSI and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution warn politicians

The perpetrators are probably using a successful scam to do this. The criminals first contact the target person via SMS and pretend to be high-ranking politicians. They then ask you to switch to a messenger such as Signal, Whatsapp or Telegram for an allegedly secure or confidential conversation.

Those affected should be persuaded to create a new account with one of the services. The perpetrators then try under pretense to get the authentication code of the person concerned, which is needed to create a new user account.

The security document states:

“In principle, this is a procedure that has been known for a long time and against which the BSI has already warned accordingly in the past”.

The document does not mention the motives of the perpetrators, but it continues to warn:

“Since the attackers then communicate from an authenticated account, they can more easily gain the trust of other potential victims.”

The BSI announced in the afternoon:

“The actions of the perpetrators are basically not new and require no technical know-how. The warning serves to sensitize potential targets.”

Also interesting:

Hide online status on Whatsapp will soon be possible

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