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Cyber security centre issues warning over donation scams

Government sets up humanitarian council to coordinate aid

The Hungarian government has set up a humanitarian council tasked with coordinating the aid operation of government agencies and charities to help refugees from Ukraine, the government's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The body is headed by Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister’s chief of staff, and comprises representatives of public and higher education, the social sector and healthcare, child protection, regional administration, labour, transport, the policy for Hungarians beyond the borders and the Hungary Helps humanitarian aid programme, Alexandra Szentkiralyi told a press conference in Budapest.

Miklos Soltesz, the state secretary for church and state relations, said he had met the head of UNHCR’s Regional Representation on Tuesday who thanked him for Hungary’s contribution. Another meeting is planned for Sunday, he said.

Cyber security centre issues warning over donation scams

The Hungarian cyber security centre NKI has issued a warning of an increasing number of scams involving donations for Ukraine.

Charity drives have so far raised over 37 million US dollars in cryptocurrency donations for Ukraine, prompting cybercriminals to leap into action, the NKI said in a statement on Wednesday.

Security website BleepingComputer has come across a number of scam emails, phishing sites and forums posts looking to take advantage of unsuspecting users to con them out of their money, the NKI said. The “Help Ukraine” donation scam tries to entice users to aid Ukraine by donating to counterfeit Bitcoin and Ethereum addresses that are not affiliated with the Ukrainian government, it said.

The website MalwareHunterTeam has also uncovered some .org domains looking to scam users, the statement said. It has also warned users of the fraudulent fundraising site UkraineGlobalAid[.]com.

The NKI has advised the public to only send donations to addresses that have been published by the Ukrainian government.

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