Large Scale Phishing Attack using COVID-19 as Bait alerts CERT-In

To steal personal data (such as bank account details- debit/ credit card information) of Individuals and Businesses across the country, from 21st June 2020, a large scale phishing attack has been planned by malicious actors. This information asking the citizens to be cautious was issued by the nodal agency responsible to deal with cyber-attack threats in the country- The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

How you could be targeted?

Indian Citizens will be targeted through malicious ‘Emails’. These emails are likely to use COVID-19 as bait by using details of local government authorities (details such as logo, name, etc of government officers or departments those who are in-charge for various COVID-19 initiatives of the government) for making it look authentic.

The email will contain an external link that will drive the recipients of the email to some fake websites designed in such a way that the website may install a malicious file without the consent of the recipient of the email or may ask for entering personal or financial details on the pretext of raising fund for some government initiative.

As per the alert issued by CERT-IN: The Emails that will be sent might have a subject –‘Free COVID-19 testing for all residents’. The attackers could use various fake Email Accounts such as ‘[email protected]’.

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