Hacking has surely become a trend. Last week Superstar Rajinikanth twitter account was hacked by unknown person. Hackers are mostly targeting residents using emails and smart phones in Hyderabad. They are looting money from the accounts using emails.
Cyberabad cyber crime police has been receiving many complaints from IT professionals. They said that they lost money as hackers, who hacked their emails pretended to be their relatives. Cyber crime police warned everyone to stay alert as hackers are also targeting smart phones. They are tracing out PIN and OTP of users.
In one such incident, a case was registered at the cyber crime police station. An IT professional said that his brother’s account was hacked. The hackers chatted with his brother in his Gmail account and extracted all bank details.
“He got a message on Google chat from his elder brother living abroad asking for details of his Kotak Mahindra account for an emergency. He gave the account details including One-Time- Passwords (OTP) sent to his mobile number. When he lost money from his account, he contacted his brother and asked about it. Then he came to know that it was not his brother who had asked for the details, but the hacker,” said a police official from the Cybercrime cell. Many others have also lost money in a similar way, the officer added.
An official said “hackers also use phishing mails to extract bank account details. Emails with phishing links asking recipients to file I-T returns resembling the genuine portal are being sent by fraudsters, to gather info on bank accounts or debit/card details.”
“The hackers are also now capable of remotely accessing smart phones and collecting PINs and OTPs by hacking them. Remote Access Trojans (a virus) can be sent to the user’s phone mimicking an original smart phone. And if the user installs it the hacker can access messages which contain OTPs and PINs,” a cop said.
The police suggested all the users to install anti-virus software so that they can block cookies which ask for re-logins.
Also Read: Pak techies, hack Guj govt website
BY M. DIVYA SRI