CNBC18 – Govt warns against large-scale ‘phishing attack’ against Indians disguised as COVID-19 aid

CNBC18 – Govt warns against large-scale ‘phishing attack’ against Indians disguised as COVID-19 aid

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Updated : June 21, 2020 11:31 AM IST

> The government’s cyber security arm today issued an advisory warning users against a large-scale ‘phishing attack’ that may take place against Indian Internet users today.
> A ‘phishing’ attack is a fake email designed to look as coming from an official source.
> Besides India, the other countries whose 5 million users are at the risk of attack are US, UK, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

The government’s cyber security arm today issued an advisory warning users against a large-scale ‘phishing attack’ that may take place against Indian Internet users today.

CNBC-TV18 had earlier reported that a North Korea-sponsored hacking group named Lazarus was planning to launch phishing attacks designed as COVID-19 relief efforts against citizens in six countries including India.

A ‘phishing’ attack is a fake email designed to look as coming from a trusted source and dupe people into opening emails or text message that contain links to malicious websites.

“These phishing emails are designed to drive recipients to fake websites where they will be deceived into divulging personal and financial information,” said security research firm CYFIRMA which has exposed the Lazarus Group’s plans.

The suspicious email could be from [email protected], warned the government’s cyber security arm CERT-in, which is responsible for pre-empting, identifying and mitigating cyber threats against the country.

Besides India, the other countries whose 5 million users are at the risk of attack are US, UK, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

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