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Surokkha app under attack again

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  • 23 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Surokkha app under attack again

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There has been another cyber attack on Surokkha, the national registration platform for coronavirus vaccination, temporarily making the portal slightly slower than usual.

 Authorities said the cyber security team prevented the attack and the hackers could not access the data.

“There is no scope to breach the data as the members of cyber security team monitor the system round the clock. Local experts have protected the system and data 30 million citizens registered with the platform is safe,” Tarique M Barkatullah, project director at computer incident response team of the government, told the Daily Sun on Sunday.

Since launching the Corona Sukokkha app, the system experienced several cyber attacks from hackers in two ways of generating unnatural traffic and hack the system.

In the most recent time, the hackers hit the system from August 12 to 14 in parallel from Bangladesh, Hungary, Japan, United States, China, Australia, United Kingdom, India and the Philippines. The system experienced unnatural traffic of over 30 million hits at a time on those days.

Tarique said that the cyber attack slowed the system and some people didn’t get the confirmation message timely.

“We had launched the geo-fencing immediately for stopping the unnatural hit from outside the country,” he said.

Geo-fencing allows an administrator to set up triggers so when a device enters (or exits) the boundaries defined by the administrator, an alert is issued.

The government launched the Surokkha app in February.

Just a day before launching the platform on February 19, hackers cloned the webpage to grab data by luring the people in fake online registration.