SBI and CERT-IN release notice warning against imminent cyber-attacks

Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 20:31 [IST]

The lockdown has changed the dynamics of work for everybody; everything has shifted online. And as more convenient it has become, the danger has also increased. Since the pandemic began, there have been several cyber stacks on companies.

Honda was facing a huge issue and had to close their factories and find solutions to the problem. Recently State Bank of India issued a notice on their Twitter account warning its account holders to be aware and take precautions because of the imminent cyber-attacks in the future.

Indians largest bank cooperation tweeted," Attention! It has come to our notice that a cyber-attack is going to take place in major cities in India. Kindly refrain yourself from clicking on emails coming from [email protected] with a subject line Free COVID-19 Testing." Hackers have been using the COVID-19 excuse efficiently and targeting big companies and individuals to embezzle money. SBI said that they had been receiving reports that soon phishing attacks will be orchestrated by cybercriminals using the suspicious email id starting from 21st June.

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They have a database of more than 20 Lakhs email ids in the cities Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Ahmedabad and will be targeting them. They will receive an email regarding COVID-19 free testing services and will have to enter their personal information in the form. Indian Computer, Emergency Response Team, also issued a notice related to phishing attacks on their social media handles. They have asked the public to proceed with caution if they receive such emails.

They have issued guidelines and steps to take if anything happens. It includes steps like not opening the mail itself, not opening emails with attachments from unknown senders, using safe browsing tools, and not submitting information on an unfamiliar website. Australia has already suffered in the guise of COVID-19 testing, hackers, and infiltrated many systems both from companies and individuals, which lead to a massive cyber-attack.

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CERT-In said in its latest advisory against phishing attacks, "Such emails are designed to drive recipients towards fake websites where they are deceived into downloading malicious files or entering personal and financial information."