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New Telegram Bot “Telekopye” Powering Large-scale Phishing Scams from Russia

August 24, 2023


A new financially motivated operation is leveraging a malicious Telegram bot to help threat actors scam their victims.

Dubbed Telekopye, a portmanteau of Telegram and kopye (meaning “spear” in Russian), the toolkit functions as an automated means to create a phishing web page from a premade template and send the URL to potential victims, codenamed Mammoths by the criminals.

“This toolkit is implemented as a Telegram bot that, when activated, provides several easy-to-navigate menus in the form of clickable buttons that can accommodate many scammers at once,” ESET researcher Radek Jizba said in a report shared with The Hacker News.

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