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Phishers Attack E-Mail Account of Anil Ambani

In May 2011, unidentified hackers tried what's been described as an ingeniously disguised phishing assault against Anil Ambani the billionaire, resulting in an infiltration into his PC. The Economic Times published this in news on June 18, 2011.

State specialists on Internet safety, the attack could represent the most sophisticated incidence so far about an attempt at hijacking an e-mail account. Immediately as the business group complained to the police, an investigation was started and it was found that on May 8, 2011, an e-mail came into Ambani's inbox seemingly from a reporter based in India who represented Bloomberg, the newswire service for worldwide readers. However, on contacting the reporter, the enterprise's corporate communications unit learnt that no such e-mail had been dispatched.

Actually, according to an official, the e-mail was the work of hackers who used the Bloomberg.tv domain name to send the message. Normally, the newswire agent utilizes the Bloomberg.net domain to transfer e-mails. Thus the spoofed e-mail id was clearly used for executing the hack, the official stated. Often viruses were pushed through such e-mails, which imposed a danger on computer records' security, he added. Hindustan Times published this on June 19, 2011.

Meanwhile, the ADAG (Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group), whose group chairman is Anil Ambani, lodged a compliant with Mumbai police's cyber-crime department and they're since probing whether Anil Ambani's official e-mail was invaded in May 2011.

Stated an ADAG officer, attackers had merely tried a hacking operation, without performing a security breach or stealing data. Said crime branch chief, Himanshu Roy of Mumbai cops, investigation was advancing and they were sure the case would be solved pretty fast. Hindustan Times reported this.

And while Anil Ambani's e-mail experiences a phishing attack, one question which arises is how safe is India's network of IT insofar as the above kinds of assaults are concerned. Phishers are targeting reputable organizations these days. Notably, EMC's security unit RSA, within its May Fraud research paper, stated that India ranked among the three countries against which phishing assaults were the most. During April 2011, India encountered 8% of all phishing assaults.

Related article: Phishers Expand Their Sphere of Attacks

» SPAMfighter News - 28-06-2011

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