Data Security News Headlines 26th December 2017

  1. Gang that hacked into 2,000 a/cs busted

Cybercriminals are targeting banking users using different techniques.  According to the latest report, Cyber-crime Investigation Department has traced a gang that was involved in multiple Rs 49 withdrawals from over 2,000 accounts in the state in 2016. The gang members, who hail from Jharkhand, were picked up on charges of hacking 2,020 accounts of State Bank of Mysore customers over two days in April last year. They have been identified as a 19-year-old high school dropout, Suraj Mohali, a native of Mirga village in Jamtara district, Jharkhand; Kimmi Kumar Manda; and two other associates. The accused used to withdraw Rs 49 from the savings accounts and Mastercard holders of SBM in Bengaluru, Sringeri, Mangaluru, and Tirthahalli. They made nearly 1.56 lakh transactions and withdrew Rs 79 lakh from these accounts over two days, said the police it is not cleared yet how they took control over bank accounts.

Cyber Security Tips:  Banking users are strongly recommended that keep your banking data secured, never share your details with anyone, beware of a phishing attack, avoid doing the transaction over an insecure network, and beware of the fraudster.

  1. Woman loses Rs 6.85l in bid to save ‘FB friend’

BENGALURU: In a bid to prevent the arrest of her ‘Facebook friend,’ a 48-year-old Bengaluru woman lost `6.85 lakh.  According to sources in the police, a couple of months ago, Nandita was befriended on Facebook by a person who claimed his name was Michael Dennis of England. The man Dennis informed her that he was very rich, a single man living in England and that he was traveling to India for a heart surgery.  However, on November 28, Nandita received a phone call from a person introducing herself as a  senior Customs officer at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, Jahnavi Sharma. She informed Nandita that they had to detain Dennis as he was carrying 50,000 pounds cash and that was illegal in India. She also allegedly informed her that `50,000 be transferred to a particular account number to ensure that he was not arrested. Nandita transferred the amount to the given account number.  She then received another message saying she should pay `1,55,000 as conversion fee for converting Pounds to Rupees, and she complied by again transferring that amount.The same day Nandita received a third call from Jahnavi saying she should pay `4,80,000 as an Anti-Money Laundering which, too, Nandita transferred on November 29. On the same day, a person who introduced himself as Ashwini Kumar, a senior RBI officer from New Delhi asked Nandita to transfer Rs. 8,25,000 as a Commission on Turnover (COT) charge and said if she failed to do so, Dennis would be jailed. After that she started contacting with Dennis she found that his phone was not reachable according to the news published by Indian Express.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent yourself from such a fraud you are strongly recommended that never share your details with an unknown person, avoid doing trust on social media friends whom you never know, do not transfer money without verifying and beware of the fraudster.

  1. Telangana: 4 poses as SBI employees, held for fraud

Hyderabad: Four fraudsters were arrested by the cyber crime police of Rachakonda on Monday for cheating people in the guise of being from SBI customer care. The arrested were identified as Babulal Hembrom, Asin Kisku, Nibash Mondal, and Ramu Mandal, all natives of Jharkhand. According to the police report, victim who said his sister had received a call from the men who claimed to be from an SBI customer support team asking her for information related to a bank account. Trusting them, she gave them bank details, including OTPs, after which they made online purchases to the tune of Rs 1 lakh from victim’s account. The gangs were arrested by the cyber team.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent yourself from such a fraud you are strongly recommended that never share your details with an unknown person such as OTP, account number and do not transfer money without verifying, and beware of the fraudster.

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