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Phishing E-mail Campaign Targeting PNB Clients, Cautions Websense

Websense the widely-known security company based in California recently reported that clients of a major nationalized bank in India namely Punjab National Bank were being targeted with one phishing e-mail scam in efforts to grab sensitive information from them, published dqindia.com in news on November 29, 2013.

Mr. Surendra Singh, India's Regional Director for Websense stated that in the currently spreading e-mail scam, while PNB customers were being targeted, the bank wasn't Websense's client, but many individuals and a few corporate companies that were also getting the phishing e-mails were clients of Websense, reported gadgets.ndtv.com in news on December 2, 2013.

The phishing scam, according to Mr. Singh, asked recipients to view one given attachment in the e-mail followed with completing fields with the required information such as username, password, cell-phone number as well as transaction password.

When the form was filled up, users were diverted onto one genuine bank website, whilst all the sensitive details entered got transmitted onto the attacker-controlled server, Mr. Singh added.

Usually, such details were put up for sale on the online criminal forums else the cyber thieves utilized them for own purposes, Mr. Singh stated.

Unfortunately, an extremely frequent online fraud, phishing tactics convince many people worldwide into making them victims daily. Indeed, phishing has grown both in number and intensity along with more cyber-assaults attempting at capturing financial data off corporate and individuals and Websense anticipates these operations to increase during forthcoming days also.

Meanwhile, PNB said that it had nothing to do with the malicious e-mail campaign and that it wouldn't ever dispatch electronic mails requesting for clients' secret banking details.

Therefore, Internauts must handle any e-mail extremely carefully that claims its sender is a financial institution, like a bank while asks them for following any web-link and then sign into their account to submit data.

Furthermore, it isn't simply PNB which during recent months became target of phishers. During August 2013, North Carolina, USA-based Bank of America (BOA) cautioned customers about fake e-mails captioned "Transaction is complete" that though seemed as arriving from BOA, actually was part of cyber-crooks' malicious campaign.

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