Cyber Attacks in India

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This is our attempt to analyze Online security in India by looking at some of the biggest Cyber Attacks in India. We have to break it down into three articles, this being the first of the three parts.

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UIDAI Aadhaar Software Hacked

Billion Indian Aadhaar card details were leaked and this is one of the massive data breaches that happened in 2018.UIDAI released the official notification about this data breach and mentioned that around 210 Indian Government websites were hacked.

Aadhaar Software Hacked: This data breach included Aadhar, PAN, bank account IFSC codes, and other personal information of the users and anonymous sellers were selling Aadhaar information for Rs. 500 over Whatsapp. Also, one could get an Aadhaar card printout for just Rs.300.

ATM System Hacked

Canara Bank ATM servers were targeted around mid-2018. According to sources, more than 300 user’s ATM details were hacked by attackers and wiped off 20 lakh rupees from various bank accounts.

How did they do it? Hackers used skimming devices to steal information and stolen amounts of up to 20 lakh rupees.

Prevention: Enhancement of the security features in ATMs can prevent any misuse of data.

SIM Swap Scam

Two hackers from Navi Mumbai fraudulently gained SIM card information and illegally transferred money from the bank accounts of rupees 4 crores in August 2018. They carried out transactions via online banking.

Aforesaid stats and events of the latest cyber-attacks in India are the wake-up call for all Financial sectors that are still vulnerable to cyber threats. Organizations need to implement cybersecurity measures and follow the below-mentioned security guidelines.

Prevention: Not Sharing your personal information with unknown domains can help in minimizing the risk of having your personal information reaching people with malicious content.

Cyber-attack on Union Bank of India

Another shocking cyberattack that made everyone alert was done in July 2017. The attack was on one of India’s biggest banks; the Union Bank of India.

The attack was initiated when an employee opened an email attachment. This email attachment had a malware code. It allowed the hackers to get inside the bank’s system and steal the bank’s data. The email attachment forged a central bank email.

The employee overlooked the details and trusted the email, which initiated a malware attack and allowed the hackers to get inside the bank’s data and steal Union Bank’s access codes for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). SWIFT is used for international transactions. The hacker used these codes and transferred $170 million to a Union Bank account at Citigroup Inc in New York.

Cosmos Bank Cyber Attack in Pune

A recent cyberattack in India in 2018 took place in Cosmos bank when hackers siphoned off Rs. 94.42 crores.

How did they do it? Hackers hacked into the bank’s ATM server and took all the card details and wiped off money from 28 countries and immediately withdrew the amount as soon as they were informed.

Prevention: Hardening of the security systems can help authorized people can be the way forward.

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