ESET Research Podcast: Neanderthals, Mammoths and Telecopy

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ESET researchers discuss the dynamics within and between different groups of scammers who use a Telegram bot called Telekopye to scam people in online markets.

ESET Research Podcast: Neanderthals, Mammoths and Telecopy

In this episode of our podcast, ESET malware researchers talk about the dynamics within and between different Neanderthal groups, the methods used by this group of scammers to find and select the most very Mammoths for hunting, and especially Neanderthals teaching each other how to use the Telecopy. effective.

Although this may seem like an odd topic for a podcast about cybersecurity, it is quite the opposite. Telekopye is the name of an automated malicious toolkit implemented as a Telegram bot used by cybercriminals to deceive unsuspecting users in online markets.

In a nearly 40-minute discussion, ESET Malware Researchers Radek Jizba and Jakub Souček explained to the host and ESET Distinguished Researcher Aryeh Goretsky why they chose the name Telekopye and how it connects with Neanderthal and Mammoth nomenclature.

ESET experts also dissected the specific features Telekopye offers and the different types of scams it facilitates, while revealing the geographical areas Neanderthals target and how they choose their victims. The researchers also offer insights they gained by entering Neanderthal groups, revealing their business-like structure complete with strict hierarchies, promotions, training materials, and taxes. The success rate and pay structure of Telecopy are also discussed.

This episode offers important insights on how to spot and mitigate market scams, so if you want to avoid getting scammed on your next online swap, be sure to tune in and have your notepad ready.

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