Indian security agencies have issued a cyber alert following an advisory from the Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-In) regarding a potential “cyber offensive attack from the Chinese Army”.
The alert claims that the Chinese cyber warriors are expected to carry a massive phishing attack. It is possible that this attack will be disguised as an offer for free Covid-19 test.
Amid the growing threat, it is advised to watch out for IDs like “firstname.lastname@example.org” and beware of malicious phishing emails, SMS, and messages on social media inciting individuals to provide personal and financial information.
As preventive measures, all the central security forces have been asked to direct their employees against opening or clicking on attachments in unsolicited e-mail, SMS or messages through social media.
“Do not submit personal financial details on unfamiliar or unknown websites or links,” warns the alert. “It also asks to beware of e-mails, links providing special offers like Covid-19 testing, aid, winning prize, rewards, cashback offers.”