As many people have officially started work from home across the globe and students are logging in daily for studies following the lockdown to counter coronavirus, the Cyber Coordination Centre (CCC) of the Home Ministry has red-flagged about cybercriminals using COVID-19 apps such as ‘Spymax, Corona Live 1.1’ to rob confidential data from devices.
The Cyber Wing has stated to;
Beware of frauds in the name of coronavirus. Some cyber fraudsters are busy circulating a malware link about the so-called coronavirus app like Spymax, Corona Live 1.1 etc.
As per the warning, these apps steal data which is confidential from the receiver’s phone or computer when opened. “Sometimes, cybercriminals are also taking advantage of the rising coronavirus concerns for collecting charity from end users” says Cyber Dost, Cyber-safety and Cybersecurity awareness Twitter handle of the CCC that is regularly maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Back in March 2018, the cyber wing also advised people to be aware of KYC or remote app frauds and advised to “never download any app like Anydesk, Teamviewer or Quicksupport for KYC completion”.
It suggests that KYC can only be conducted at authorised KYC points or by an authorised representative at the customer doorstep.
The public safety handle also cautions people against sharing personal details on SMS or phone, in case one receives any SMS stating that his or her account will get blocked if KYC is not completed.
When asked about complaints being made about such frauds, sources in Home Ministry could not give a precise number but warned that there is a need to be extra cautious. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared a 21-day countrywide lockdown on March 24 to break the chain of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic transmission. He later extended the lockdown period till May 3 in another announcement on April 14.
As people have started working from their homes and almost all the official meetings are being held online, the Home Ministry with the help of Cyber Dost and other means of communication has been trying to make people aware about the possibility of online fraud.
With the help of Cyber Dost, that is one of the major platforms of the Home Ministry, advised users on how to keep their financial and personal details safe while using them online.
The account, marked as a cyber-safety and cybersecurity awareness handle, has close to 117.8K followers. The handle covers topics ranging from safe online banking to identifying theft and even measures to ensure safe internet usage for children.
In a similar warning, the Home Ministry on April 12 issued an advisory suggesting people that the well-known Zoom video conferencing app for meetings is not a safe platform.