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Income tax payers be careful! Hackers will make you pauper in a jiffy; Know his new trick

Income Tax Fake Alert: If you pay tax then you need to be careful. Hackers have found a new way to make you pauper. Here’s what you need to know about it and know how to avoid it…

Fake Income Tax: Here is an important alert for all the taxpayers. A malware called Drinic is back. Recently, according to a blog by Syble, Cyble Research & Intelligence Labs (CRIL) has identified an upgraded version of Drinik which is impersonating the Indian tax department and targeting 18 banks including State Bank of India (SBI). Used to be. Be aware that Drinik malware has been targeting the banking industry since 2016. Earlier the malware used to work as SMS stealer but now it has evolved into Android Trojan. After development, the malware can now perform screen recording thereby harvesting credentials, keylogging, abusing the call screening service to handle incoming calls, and receiving commands via Firebase Cloud Messaging.

It may be known that iAssist is the official tax management tool of India Tax Department. Once it is installed on the device, the APK file will ask permission to read, receive and send SMS besides reading the call log of the user. It also requests permission to read and write external storage. Initially, it will take you to the official Indian Income Tax site and display a fake dialog box to steal the user’s account details. The malware then tries to entice the user by showing immediate tax refunds and eventually leads him to a phishing site.

However, what needs attention now is that malware and techniques to fool people are evolving rapidly. Therefore, it is very important for the users to take precautionary measures. 

Here is an important alert for all the taxpayers.

Step 1: Do not click on any link which you find suspicious or fake.
Step 2: Always remember to download and install software only from official app stores like Play Store or iOS App Store. Also, check the authenticity of the software before downloading it.
Step 3: You should never share your personal details or banking credentials like card details, CVV number, PIN, with others.
Step 4: Put tight security features like fingerprint lock or facial recognition in your phone. Also use strong passwords and implement multi-factor authentication wherever possible.
Step 5: Avoid allowing multiple apps to access data on your device.

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