CERT-In is warning you to careful while opening ‘government emails’


The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) is alerting NICs email service users to be careful about the emails that ask them to verify their government accounts. The CERT-In said that it has observed a phishing campaign targeting users of NICs email service for the government of India (email.gov.in). The campaign involves fraudulent websites spoofing the email.gov.in homepage.
“The campaign often involves emails pretending to be from NIC asking users to “verify” their account or other such pretexts. The email contains a link to one of the spoofed websites which steal the user’s login credentials,” saiud CERT-In.
After a victim’s email account is phished it is then used to send malware-containing emails to other sensitive Government organizations and users. These mails contain topical and context-aware content to lure the target into opening the malicious attachment, thus infecting their system. The malware can then create persistence inside the targeted organisation’s network, and be used for various malicious activities such as stealing sensitive data, it added.
It also released some of the phishing URLs which were active in last few weeks:
1. hxxps://loveindiamail.000webhostapp[.]com
2. hxxps://email-gov.in/indexi[.]php
3. hxxps://safebrowsingindia.000webhostapp[.]com/secure.html 4. hxxps://emalegovin.000webhostapp[.]com/secure.html
5. hxxps://email.gov.in.mailgovin[.]com
CERT-In is advising users to check the address bar and ensure that the URL is exactly https://email.gov.in whenever you are entering your credentials for the website. “Ensure that no other characters (hyphen, numerals etc.) are present in the URL.Do not open attachments in unsolicited emails, even if they come from people in your contact list. Never click on a URL contained in an unsolicited e-mail, even if the link seems benign,” it said.

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