Sunday, May 19, 2024

This Diwali your Gift Could be a Chinese Phishing Attempt

Latest news from Computer Emergency Response Team, the nodal agency of the ministry of electronics and information technology, is that it has received news of a phishing threat this Diwali. Currently, it is warning users against the same, this Diwali.

The inner details

The CERT-IN has said  that this threat actor is mostly targeting women by asking them for sharing links on social media among their peers

The Centre is repeatedly warning users against some malicious festival-based campaign that is eyeing customers in form of links for Diwali gifts or prizes. A number of fake messages are being circulated on social media such as WhatsApp, Telegram plus Instagram.

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According to news from CERT-IN, a user receives some message containing the link to the phishing website on lines of those of popular brands.

An official word

The advisory states, “The customer will be lured with a false claim of a special festive offer on answering a questionnaire through which one can win money and prizes. The attackers entice the users to give sensitive information like personal details, bank account details, passwords, OTPs, or use it for adware and other adversarial purposes.” CERT-In also.mentioned that such website links belong to Chinese domains like .cn or .top and .xyz.

Now, the Centre has clearly mentioned some Dos and Donts to keep in mind-

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1. Avoid browsing any  untrusted websites and refrain from clicking any untrusted links. Exercise caution as you click on some link from any unsolicited email or message.

2. Always click on those URLs  that indicate a website’s domain.

3. Legitimate organisations never ask you for any login credentials or card details via emails or SMS.

4. Look out for any suspicious numbers that might indicate a scam.

5. Download applications from verified app store only.

An end note

Arm yourself with these tips and stay safe from being scammed this festive season. Happy Diwali.

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Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa B. Kaur has been writing professionally since a decade now. Always on the go; she loves to travel, books, playtime with her toddler--as she explores new places, amazing food and anything tech!

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