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Government officials targeted by malicious web link seeking vaccination status: Report

In a phishing attempt, several government officials were targeted by a malicious web link asking them to update their vaccination status, The Hindu reported on Wednesday. These links were sent by WhatsApp, SMS, and email and Defence Ministry officials were among those targeted, the report added. The messages on WhatsApp and on SMS were formatted in a manner that made it seem that it was sent by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It read, "As per directives of MoHFW, confirm your COVID status on https://covid19india.in and generate your vaccination certificate." When clicked on the link, it directed users to a "@gov.in" website that resembled the official government website "mygov.in." On the fake page, users were asked to entire their official e-mail and password, the report stated. Defence Ministry officials targeted In an email to a Defence Ministry official, a Google drive link was shared in the pretence that the information was being collected regarding post-vaccination measures as part of an awareness drive. However, the link was actually a phishing attempt to access official e-mails and correspondence, the report stated. Some officials also received phone calls from someone claiming to be from an Army Hospital and asked the official to update vaccination status by clicking on the link shared on WhatsApp, the report stated. However, phishing attempts were thwarted because the officials were sensitised to not click on the link, the report added. Adding to the list of cyber attacks targeting the government Last month, Air India (AI), the…

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