Taiwan Platform for Ukraine Donations Hacked 台烏募款平台上線第2天 遭海外駭客攻擊

Ukraine has appealed for global assistance after it was invaded by Russia. A fundraising platform set up by a group of Taiwanese and Ukrainian youths was targeted by hackers with a distributed denial-of-service attack one day after going online. It is unknown where the hackers are based.


A fundraising platform for Ukraine set up by Taiwanese and Ukrainian youths went down just one day after it went online, reportedly due to a distributed denial-of-service attack. This prevented people wanting to donate money from accessing or using the website. The admin then discovered the platform had been targeted in a DDoS attack.

Vincent Chao, Ukraine Fundraising Platform Creator: “It looks like they used a DDoS attack to paralyze the service, because many users accessed the platform and overloaded the systems. We know that the website only has a capacity of several million bits per second. We think this shows that this was an organized attack.”

Many people have protested the invasion of Ukraine, some by taking to the streets and others by donating money. According to the website, over 1,000 donations with a total value of NT$1.4 million were made as of 11 a.m. on March 2.

Vincent Chao, Ukraine Fundraising Platform Creator: “It has already reached about NT$1.4 million, and it's still rising. This is much higher than what we expected. We were planning on giving donors face masks to thank them, and now we have to print more. I think the Taiwanese are quite willing to use actions to support Ukraine and its fight.”

This platform wasn't set up to receive donations. Instead, it was to help Taiwanese people wanting to donate money to Ukraine to verify the validity of recipient bank accounts and prevent fraud. That's why it didn't take any special security precautions. Now, it has added anti-hacker mechanisms and is also trying to identify the hackers.

 

 

 

才設立不到3天,一群台灣與烏克蘭青年共同發起的支持烏克蘭募款平台,就傳出遭到網路攻擊,有民眾想要上這個網站,尋找可以直接捐款給烏克蘭政府與民眾的募款帳戶,卻發現有時連不進去,或是速度太慢,網站管理員後來發現原來遭到國外的流量攻擊。

支持烏克蘭募款平台發起人趙怡翔表示:「應該是用這個流量過大來癱瘓,因為大量大量的用戶進去,一次都是下載幾百M,幾百M的一個流量,那我們知道網站本身,大概只有幾M的一個流量,所以我想這個背後,一定代表是一個比較組織性的行為。」

這次烏克蘭遭到侵略,不少國內民眾表達力挺態度,不但有人上街聲援,也反映在捐款金額,支持烏克蘭募款平台統計,截至2日11點左右,已經有超過千筆捐款,總金額超過140萬元。

趙怡翔說:「已經有這個台幣140萬左右,這個還是陸續在增加當中,所以這個遠超於我們當初的想像,甚至我們連口罩,本來要贈送給捐款者的口罩,我們現在都還在加印,所以確實我覺得台灣人是非常願意,透過行動來支持烏克蘭這次的抗爭行為。」

原本想說不經手捐款金錢,只是幫有意捐款給烏克蘭的台灣民眾確認募款帳戶真實性,不要遭到網路詐騙,所以這個網路平台並沒有特別強化網路安全防護。這次遭到網路攻擊之後,網站一方面加設防駭機制,也追查駭客來源。

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