Phishing Attack Luring SBI Customers
Customers are getting fake mails that claims that their banking details has to upgraded due to an upgrade to servers. The mail gives a link to spoofed phishing site that tries to gather personal and account details.
According to the text of the mail: SBI's net banking is upgrading its security to serve its customers for an improved and safe banking service, against any illegal activities. Due to this up gradation, all the customers are requested to enter and upgrade their account details by following the given link.
The lab has got similar reports from many other banks also. But SBI is the only Indian bank in this list. The rest of the banks are First Exchange Bank, McLloyds Bank International and Central National Bank of Enid.
SBI, India's largest bank reported about the phishing attempt to 'Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)' that is linked with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and is a referral unit to the Indian e-community for instances linked to computer safety.
An SBI official informed that there was no loss (financial) to the bank. Bank authorities informed CERT-In and the investigation is on to track the culprits. This case is not the first instance of phishing attempt in a bank.
In July also, MicroWorld Technologies, a content-security and anti-virus software provider, discovered phishing mail addressing ICICI Bank, targeting net bankers aiming to fool them into divulging their private financial details.
Though phishing is new to India in comparison to South America, US and Europe, but it has seen a considerable rise, particularly among those bank customers who opt for net banking.
According to a report published last June by an anti-phishing group, phishing cases rose to 15,050 at a global scale in April 2005.
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