Thousands Of Customers Run The Risk Of Losing Personal Data Due To Fake Bank Apps: Report

The Logical Indian Crew India

October 26th, 2018 / 3:39 PM

Fake Banking Apps

Representational Image

Customers of at least seven banks are likely to have lost data from their mobile phones from fake apps of banks such as SBI, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Bank of Baroda, Yes Bank and Citi Bank, reported The News Minute. This was revealed in a report by an IT security firm Sophos Lab said that these fake apps, available on Google Play, may have stolen data and credit card details of thousands of customers. By offering some freebies, customers may have been tempted to install these apps as they have the logos of the original banks which make it difficult to differentiate between the original and fake ones. 


The Banks’ reactions

Many of the banks claimed that they were not aware of any such apps existing. Only a few of them said that they would be conducting an investigation. The nodal agency, CERT, has also been kept in the loop by the banks. CERT investigates computer security incidents and may do the same in this case as well.

Although State Bank of India has not yet responded in any way, Yes Bank has claimed to have handed over the case to its cyber fraud department. ICICI Bank and Axis Bank were also not available for immediate comments, The Economic Times reported.


‘Too good to be true’

Reports by Sophos lab say that some of these apps were providing services that were ‘too good to be true’, enabling customers to withdraw cash from the ATM and having it delivered to their doorstep.  Malware carried by these apps were capable of stealing important information like credit card details stored in one’s mobile phone.

“Deceptive malware may have stolen thousands of Indian sub-continent bank customers account data or credit card numbers,” said Pankaj Kohli, threat researcher, SophosLabs. 

For a long time now, cybersecurity experts have been worrying about the grave issue of rogue apps being the part of the Android Play Store. Certain steps taken by Google recently will ensure that app developers do not easily be granted permission like they earlier were, but it will probably still take a long time to completely stop scamsters from finding their way into the Android Play Store.

The Logical Indian urges banks to come up with their own plans to stop this menace, and customers to be careful before blindly trusting any app on the Android Play Store.


Also Read: After Sharing OTP 28 Times With Fraudster, Woman Duped Of Nearly Rs 7 Lakh


Contributors

Written by : Sumanti Sen (Intern)

Edited by : Shraddha Goled

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

89 Fake Websites/Apps Spreading Misinformation On ‘Ayushman Bharat’, FIR Registered

Fake Banking Apps

Thousands Of Customers Run The Risk Of Losing Personal Data Due To Fake Bank Apps: Report

Data Protection Bill

TLI Explains: Know About India’s Draft Data Privacy Bill Which Seeks To Prevent Misuse Of Personal Data

Aadhaar Data Leak Challenge

Ethical Hackers Dig Out TRAI Chief’s Personal Data, Deposits Re 1 In Bank Account Too

Thousands Of Students’ Futures At Risk; Petition Of Aggrieved CLAT Aspirants Heard By Supreme Court

Narendra Modi App Shares Users’ Personal Data With US Firm, Discreetly Changed Privacy Policy After Allegations Of Breach

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

CIC Slams PMO And RBI, Asks To Disclose Wilful Defaulters List And Raghuram Rajan’s Letter On Bad Loans

News

J&K: Authorities Allegedly Deny Ambulance To Ailing 2-Yr-Old, Father Carries Dead Body In Bus

News

Govt Says No To Additional Funding To Six New IIMs, Wants Them To Be Self Sufficient

News

After Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Maratha Reservation, Shiv Sena Demands Shivaji Statue

My Story

My Story: “I Saw His Hand On Her Thigh & He Grinned At Me For This Achievement”

Awareness

Brain-Dead Jawan’s Heart Saves Another Army Man After Family Donates Organs

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.