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Aug 15, 2017

Hackers try to obtain personal details of donors at Hungary's National Blood Supply Service

Cybercrime is on the increase in Hungary, following attacks on the Budapest transport authority BKK and several Hungarian banks over recent months

Hackers have tried to gain access to Hungary's National Blood Supply Service (OVSZ) to obtain personal details about donors, it has been revealed.

According to Magyar Idők, the OVSZ received several attempts to obtain the personal data of blood donors in the name of blood bank centers over the past week.

The OVSZ said it neither collects data nor makes phone inquiries. IT security experts told the newspaper that this form of phishing is rare these days and fraudsters generally try to obtain data of internet users en masse.

Cybercrime is on the increase in Hungary, following attacks on the Budapest transport authority BKK and several Hungarian banks over recent months.

Recent attempts to get hold of the personal data of bank clients targeted Raiffeisen, Budapest Bank, OTP and Erste Bank using fake prize games as bait on Facebook. The phishing attempts also used the Tesco brand in the same way.

The most serious cyberattack affected BKK via its new online e-ticket and public bicycle rental services. As we reported last week, the National Investigation Office’s cyber crime unit has launched three criminal procedures related to the BKK e-ticket system hacks.