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Google detects resurgence in hacking, phishing attacks by firms in India posing as WHO

While the whole world is suffering odds brought about by the deadly outbreak of the coronavirus, Google reports that firms which hack and hire are creating accounts in order to trick international organizations, business leaders, multinational companies and even healthcare operations. Google said in a recent blog post that the hackers of the firms, majority of which is traced in India are consulting and targeting their financial services. According to the tech giant, the United States of America, the United Kingdoms, Slovenia, Bahrain, Cyprus and Canada are the countries which are mainly targeted by the hacking firms.

The coronavirus has indeed proved to become the greatest crisis faced by the world in the last decade by claiming over 6150000 lives across the world and bringing the world business to a complete standstill.

According to officials, the attackers and hackers of such firms are taking utmost advantage to steal credentials and distribute hardware among them. The hackers generally use a method which involves the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers called as the phishing methods which can trick even seasoned and smart users by cleverly impersonating well-known companies, brands, and products. Another report described three tactics used by such firms which include
using legitimate sites as intermediaries, creating online forms for phishing and getting access to accounts without password. The post also said that Google uses hardware security keys and provides the strongest protections available against phishing and account hijackings to help protect users against these kinds of tracks with the help of the Advanced Protection Program (APP) and was specifically designed to counter such high profile threats against security.

The blog also gave information about e-mails and messages sent by the hacking firms bear strong resemblance to the original websites and how one could easily get fooled by such messages. The e-mails promotes the people to sign up and prompts the users to provide information about their Google account credentials and other personal information into a link which are attached along with the e-mails and lures them to keep the receiver updated about the news related to the coronavirus. The blog suggested such international organizations to encourage adoption of multi-factor authentication in order to reduce such tricks.

– Christo Freddy, NMTV News


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