”Phishing websites created by the cyber criminals spoofed 26 Indian banks..,

As Congress, President Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked and some expletive-laden tweets were posted from his account. Another day after Rahul Gandhi account, Congress Party’s official Twitter account got breached.

At a time when an increasing number of Indians are digitalizing while doing transactions online, these type of hacking incidents exposes the country’s cyber-security vulnerabilities.

In India, there has been a surge of about 350 percent of cybercrime cases registered under the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 from the year of 2011 to 2016, according to a joint study by The National Crime Research Bureau.

Here the hacking of the social media networks of Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party can be a potential backdoor malware being present on a computer system on which both the accounts might have been simultaneously accessed.

This can also be a long persistent and targeted attack we can call it ‘spear phishing’. It is an e-mail spoofing fraud attempt which targets a specific organization or an individual. It also seeks unauthorized access to the confidential data.

Spoofing banks

The ease of online payments opens new avenues for criminals to trick consumers into divulging their own sensitive banking information.

As in phishing attack, victims are asked to enter their account number, mobile number, email address, one-time password and other details.

Once the information is collected, the website displays a fake failed login message to the victim. The phishing site served fake logins from 26 banks, including large banks such as ICICI, HDFC and State Bank of India many times.