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Hackers using COVID-19 specials, discounts to sell malware on dark web
Posted On : Saturday, March 21, 2020, 5:05 AM
Hackers are selling malware and hacking tools through “COVID-19” discount codes on the dark net, reports security research firm CheckPoint. The discount codes are sold in a fashion similar to Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals in a bid to woo cybercriminals. The research firm said these codes are aimed at spread malware at a much faster pace. Sharing an example of such sale, CheckPoint pointed out that hackers are selling tools to hack into Facebook accounts at a discount rate through a “15% off with COVID-19 code.” “Dedicated to “providing the best hacking services”, the group assumes the moniker of SSHacker and has been active since 2005,” it added.
Risk of searching for coronavirus-related websites
Posted On : Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:33 AM
Cybercriminals are exploiting interest in the global epidemic to spread malicious activity through several spam campaigns relating to the outbreak of the virus, as per Check Point's Global Threat Index. As the virus spreads across the globe, people are naturally searching online for the latest information and updates on how it might affect them, and what they can do to protect themselves and their families. And as you might expect, cyber-criminals are quick to take advantage of these concerns for their own gain. Since January 2020, based on Check Point Threat Intelligence, there have been over 4,000 coronavirus-related domains registered globally. Out of these websites, 3% were found to be malicious and an additional 5% are suspicious.
3 held for cheating by promising ''new series'' Rs 2000 notes
Posted On : Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 7:18 AM
Three persons were arrested from a five-star hotel in Mumbai for allegedly cheating a businessman to the tune of Rs 80 lakh under the pretext of offering him new banknotes of Rs 2000 denomination at half the rate through their 'money exchange', police said on Monday. The accused have allegedly cheated many people from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and other parts of the country by employing a similar modus operandi in which they would claim to have "contacts" in the Central government. The trio used to claim that they run a money exchange, a crime branch officer said, adding that they were arrested on Saturday.
Hundreds of crores of rupees lost in card payment, internet banking frauds in just 3 months
Posted On : Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:12 PM
In frauds related to debit cards, credit cards, and internet banking, Rs 129 crore has been lost in just three months to December 2019. A total number of 21,041 such cases were registered in these three months, Anurag Thakur, MoS, Ministry of Finance said in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha. Out of the total loss, Rs 85 crore was lost in a single month of October 2019. The maximum cases were reported in the cases related to ATM or debit card transactions, which is still one of the most common and convenient ways of payment available in the market.
India stands third among top 20 cyber crime victims
Posted On : Monday, February 24, 2020, 11:32 AM
The Internet Crime Report for 2019, released by USA’s Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has revealed that India stands third in the world among top 20 countries that are victims of internet crimes. As per the report, excluding the USA, the UK tops the list with 93,796 victims of internet crimes followed by Canada (3,721) and India (2,901). The report states that in the USA, a total of 4,67,361 complaints with losses exceeding USD 3.5 billion were reported. While email is still a common mode to commit cybercrime, frauds are also being committed through text messages or even fake websites using a tactic called pharming, says the IC3.
Nearly 6,900 cases of online banking frauds registered in 2017-18: Govt
Posted On : Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:01 AM
Nearly 6,900 cases of online banking frauds were registered in the country in 2017-18, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said with the rapid increase in use of cyberspace, the number of cybercrimes is also increasing. "As per data maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau, 3,466 and 3,353 cases of online frauds were registered in 2017 and 2018, respectively," he said replying to a written question. Reddy said in order to prevent online frauds and protect users, the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken several steps, including formation of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Phone Fraud (IMCPF).
Couple held for cheating people through fake maid agency
Posted On : Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 5:04 AM
A man and his wife have been arrested for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of providing them domestic help, in south-east Delhi’s Kalkaji, the police said. They used to charge a hefty amount for providing the help, who used to flee after stealing valuables from the house, an officer said. Both Gaurav Mandal (24) and his wife Sita (22) were nabbed following a tip-off from Tughlakbad Village, they said. On Saturday, a woman lodged a complaint alleging that she had hired a domestic help from an agency — Greater Kailash Maid Service — through its owner, Gaurav. She said that at 2.40 p.m., a man named Chandu came to her house with Sita and introduced her as a help. “Chandu took Rs 33,000 from the complainant as commission. At 7 p.m., the help left the house without the complainant’s knowledge. The victim later found that no such maid service agency existed,” said DCP (South-East) Chinmoy Biswal.
Online sexual exploitation cases rise, card fraud dips
Posted On : Saturday, January 11, 2020, 4:03 PM
Cases of sexual exploitation online rose 33.1% while card frauds dipped 21.7% in cybercrimes registered in the city in 2018 as compared to the year before, an analysis of the latest NCRB data shows. Overall, cyber offences climbed by 8.1% from 1,362 in 2017 to 1,482 in 2018 in Mumbai, meaning it had the second most cases (after Bengaluru with 5,253), but when it came to the crime rate (offences per lakh of population) it dropped to fifth position among cities, said the National Crime Records Bureau report for 2018. Analysis of the cases filed in the city showed 305 cases of sexual harassment were registered in 2018 against 204 in 2017 - the maximum in the country by a long margin - and card fraud cases fell from 446 in 2017 to 349. Overall, cases of fraud rose marginally from 864 in 2017 to 892 in 2018.
Two held for posing as builders, cheating homebuyers
Posted On : Friday, January 10, 2020, 10:04 AM
Two people who pretended to be builders and cheated homebuyers have been arrested by Central Crime Branch (CCB) officers. They had obtained loans to the tune of Rs 20 crore from different banks and had remained elusive for over a year. Investigations revealed the duo, who posed as builders, used to lure prospective buyers by showing them under-construction buildings and receiving advance payments from them "They opened fake bank accounts in the names of the original property owners and obtained loans by creating bogus sale deeds. They cheated both banks and homebuyers,” police said.
171 hospitals de-listed for fraud under PM-JAY
Posted On : Monday, January 6, 2020, 12:41 PM
The Centre’s ambitious healthcare insurance scheme — Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) — under the National Health Authority (NHA) has noted that as per details provided by the States, more than 390 hospitals of the over 19,000 empanelled have been served show cause notices/suspended/de-empanelled across nine States for alleged fraud. Of these, 171 hospitals have been de-empanelled. FIRs have been lodged against six hospitals in Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. The quantum of penalties levied on the listed hospitals is more than Rs 4.6 crore
4 held for cyber fraud in Hyderabad
Posted On : Friday, January 3, 2020, 1:55 PM
The Cyberabad Crime Station (CCS) police have arrested four people for siphoning money from the customers of the popular e-commerce sites Amazon and Flipkart. The gang is learned to have stolen customer's data by learning one-time passwords through telemarketing and allegedly made transfers from their bank accounts. They are being questioned by the police. On August 28, 2019- the Cyber Crime police arrested four people for cheating bank officials. The police seized a car, Rs 3 lakh cash and seven mobile phones, cheque books, ATM cards and bank passbooks from them.
Pune cyber crime police see spurt in cases of UPI-based payment frauds
Posted On : Thursday, January 2, 2020, 1:58 PM
The cybercrime police of Pune have seen a spurt in the number of cases involving homegrown method of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based payments in the city. While there are multiple ways deployed to dupe gullible users, the problem arises especially with platforms that provide an option to generate payment requests. UPI-based payment options Google Pay and PhonePe are extremely popular in the country. The facility of generating payment requests on a few UPI platforms is being used by fraudsters to cheat victims, say officials of the Pune city cyber police. In four cases, one of the above-mentioned two UPI-based payment options, was used as a mode of committing fraud after convincing the victim to download the application for smoother transactions. In all four cases, the victims had registered a household item for sale on an e-commerce platform.
Bank frauds rise to record Rs 1.13 lakh cr in H1 FY20
Posted On : Monday, December 30, 2019, 3:33 AM
Frauds reported by banks during the first half of the current fiscal touched an all-time high amount of Rs 1.13 lakh crore, owing to delay in detection by lenders, according to an RBI report. This involved 4,412 fraud cases of Rs 1 lakh and above, as per the report. In FY19, banks had reported 6,801 cases of fraud involving Rs 71,543 crore. "An analysis of the vintage of frauds reported during the FY19 and H1 FY20 shows a significant time-lag between the date of occurrence of a fraud and its detection," RBI's Financial Stability Report said. The amount involved in frauds that occurred between FY01 and FY18 formed about 90.6% of the frauds reported in 2018-19 in terms of value.
Hyderabad: 14,000 cyber crimes this year, 23 solved
Posted On : Friday, December 27, 2019, 1:54 PM
With Hyderabad becoming increasingly digitised, cyber crimes too have proliferated. According to CCS records, about 14,000 cases have been booked till November end. A mere 23 of these cases have been solved and four of the accused arrested. Speaking to the media, joint commissioner of police (detective department) Avinash Mohanty said: “A substantial number of cyber crime cases has been registered. I don’t think the number will come down in the next few years. These crimes will continue proliferating till penetration of digital technology gets stabilised.” Investigators need expertise and skill to crack these frauds. Some of them require considerable effort and time. “We are maintaining a database of phone numbers and bank accounts through which frauds have been committed. We are sharing the same with a lot of agencies. This is helping us keeping tabs on new cases,” Mr Mohanty stated.
GST fraud worth Rs 900 crore busted
Posted On : Thursday, December 26, 2019, 1:15 PM
A GST fraud of a whopping Rs 900 crore in which input tax credit to the tune of Rs 152 crore was availed in Tamil Nadu has been busted, a top official of the Directorate General of Goods and Service Tax Intelligence said. In one of the major operations, the sleuths of DGGI, Chennai Zonal Unit (CZU), carried out a search on 19 and 20 December at multiple premises in the state and unearthed the fraud of about Rs 900 crore. A string of firms was created and GST registrations were done for them using identity documents of gullible people, Principal Additional Director General, CZU, DGGI, K Anpazhakan, said in an official release. Fake invoices were issued by such fictitious firms and fraudulent input tax credit of around Rs.152 crore was availed by various firms, he said.