On February 1, the Serbian branch of Raiffeisen Bank warned its customers that requests sent to customers to reactivate their mobile banking applications via email were fraudulent. The bank advised its customers not to follow these instructions. Two days later, the Serbian Post informed citizens that fraudulent messages were being sent in his name via SMS and WhatsApp asking people to make payments to collect the shipments. He advised people not to open these fake links or enter any personal data.
Nedim Sejdinović, journalist known for his anti-government editorials and author of various reports on social issues, reported to the country’s Cybercrime Prosecution Bureau that he had received threats and other insults via Facebook Messenger on February 11. One comment read: “Listen to Turk [an abusive term for Muslim]… I will take care of you”.
Next to a Case of November 4where Aleksandar Šapić, vice-president of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, sued Nenad Kulačin and Marko Vidojković, hosts of the podcast “Dobar, loš, zao” (“The good, the bad, the ugly”) for defamation, the man Politics continued again the two journalists on February 13, claiming more than one million Serbian dinars in compensation for the content of their broadcast.
Ethnic death threats in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Bosnia, where ethnic tensions are endemic to the social fabric and political system, new ethnic and political death threats have marred Bosnia’s digital environment.
Ćamil Duraković, former mayor of Srebrenica, received death threats after taking part in a television show where he faced a deputy from Republika Srpska, Nebojsa Vukanovic. A message read: “Because of last night’s spitting on the Serbs in the [TV] show, I can only say to you, ‘Long live Ratko Mladic’ and it’s a shame you missed them” – “they” meaning General Mladic’s Bosnian forces who killed 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.
Another case concerned the vice-president of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the larger of the two Bosnian entities, Milan Dunović. He said he had received death threats from individuals who had threatened to “cut off his head”.
“When individuals dare to threaten public figures, who are under police protection, the question is what citizens can expect. Of course, I have reported to the authorities all threats that I consider to be a direct threat to my safety and that of my family, but such threats can only be stopped by ending hate policies and invoking conflict. “, did he declare. noted.
Computer fraud and COVID misinformation spread in Croatia
Croatia recorded several cases of computer fraud and other cases of misinformation related to the COVID pandemic in early February,
Following the pandemic, cyber fraud has increased in Croatia and, although Croatia has joined the EU cybersecurity regulation, it seems that its cybersecurity is not yet effective. A study suggests that Croatia has not yet provided an adequate response to the increase in cyber threats.