CBI alerts States, U.T.s and Central agencies to malicious software threat
Part of: GS-Prelims and Mains GS-III- Security, GS-II- Governance
- CBI has sent alerts to all the States, Union Territories and the Central agencies on a malicious software threat that uses an update related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The alert related to banking Trojan and Cerberus has been sent on the basis of inputs received from the Interpol.
- It is primarily used to steal financial data, such as credit card numbers.
- This malicious software sends SMS using the lure of COVID-19 related content to download the embedded malicious link.
- It can also trick victims into providing personal information and can capture two-factor authentication details.
Important value additions:
- The International Criminal Police Organisation (commonly known as INTERPOL) is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control.
- Headquartered in Lyon, France,
- It has seven regional bureaus worldwide and a National Central Bureau in all 194 members states, making it the world’s largest police organization.