India’s largest bank State Bank Of India (SBI) has issued a warning for its users to beware of cyberattacks. On Sunday, CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) has warned about the major phishing attack. Said, millions of Indians can be targeted by sending fake emails, social media posts, messages. The messages will be of promising free Covid-19 tests across India.
SBI warns 2 million users may be at risk of phishing attacks in Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities
A group of Cuber attackers are planning where they may use Covid-19 as bait and steal personal and financial information of the user. The Cyberattack will be done by “malicious actors” and will come in the form of Covid-19 related and say “Free COVID-19 testes” by sending an email from ‘[email protected]’.
So, to inform all the users, on Sunday SBI posted a tweet and warned all the users about Cyberattack which will take place in most of the cities in India.
Attention! It has come to our notice that a cyber attack is going to take place in major cities of India. Kindly refrain yourself from clicking on emails coming from [email protected] with a subject line Free COVID-19 Testing. pic.twitter.com/RbZolCjLMW
— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) June 21, 2020
The CERT-In warning advisory said that the phishing email would be of free Covid-19 tests for all the residents of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
As per the reports, the independent researchers say that North Korea-based cybercriminals plan the attack. “Phishing campaign is expected to impersonate government agencies, departments and trade associations who have been tasked to oversee the disbursement of the government fiscal aid,” they said.
The Indian government said, “The malicious group claims to have 2 million individual email addresses, and the attack campaign is expected to start on June 21.”
CERT-In issued advisory on COVID 19-related Phishing Attack Campaign by Malicious Actors. pic.twitter.com/x8WO3TseCM
— CERT-In (@IndianCERT) June 20, 2020
CERT-In also said that such emails are made to push the users towards the fake websites where they are asked to download malicious files or financial information. The reports say that these malicious hackers are planning to create a fake email Ids representing various authorities.
The government issued a warning and said not to open or click on such attachments in any email, SMS or messages you get through social media. Beware of email IDs, spelling errors in emails, websites, and other things. No one should give your personal financial details to any unknown websites or links.
A Government advisory also said, beware of emails, links which is providing special offers of Covid-19 test, winning prize, rewards, cashback offers, and much more.