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The government has warned of a major upcoming phishing attack which promises free COVID-19 testing across India. A large-scale cyber attack has been planned by cyber crooks where they may use COVID-19 as bait to steal personal and financial information.


The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued an advisory warning that the potential phishing attacks could impersonate government agencies, departments and trade bodies. It stated, “Phishing campaign is expected to impersonate government agencies, departments and trade associations who have been tasked to oversee the disbursement of the government fiscal aid.”


It further said, “Spoofed email ID which could be used for the phishing email is expected to be [email protected]


The CERT-In warning advisory added that there would be a phishing email subject line like free COVID-19 testing for all residents of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad.


“The malicious group claims to have 2 million individual email addresses and the attack campaign is expected to start on June 21,” the Indian government stated.


“Such emails are designed to drive recipients towards fake websites where they are deceived into downloading malicious les or entering personal and nancial information,” CERT-In said in the latest advisory dated June 19.


“It has been reported that these malicious actors are planning to spoof or create fake email Ids impersonating various authorities,” it cautioned.


CERT-In, in its advisory, outlined a list of steps for users to protect themselves, including not opening attachments in unsolicited emails even if it comes from people who are in the