- Hackers targeted shoppers during Flipkart Festive Sale, implicating people in small towns and cities
- The report states, “Today, these links are still operational and active.
- Hackers can use the information gathered in cyber attacks.
- All fake links were found registered in the name of a Chinese organization.
China-based hacking groups are leaving no stone unturned to attack Indians, and a new report revealed on Friday revealed that fraudsters in China’s Guangdong and Henan provinces targeted online shoppers during Flipkart festive season sales. Make.
New Delhi-based Cyberpiece Foundation reported in its report that the hacking of the biggest festive sale started through ‘Spin the Lucky Wheel Scam’, which was part of Flipkart’s Big Billion Days Cell, the company launched this sale in October. Was announced.
Chinese scammers used this opportunity to create a similar looking scam named ‘Amazon Big Billion Day Sale’ (Amazon’s festive sale is called ‘Great Indian Festival’).
Used to cheat like this by winning mobile
Internet users in India were sent fake links to click on a link and participate in a contest where people could win an Oppo F17 Pro (matte black, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage) smartphone. The report said that those who were taken into confidence that they had won the phone were asked to share the link with their friends and family through WhatsApp.
All domain links were found to be registered in China, especially in Guangdong and Henan Province, in an organization called ‘Fang Xiao Qing’. The report states that – The hackers registered these domains on Alibaba’s cloud computing platform. “E-commerce scams are not new, but the alarming thing is that Chinese governments are starting secret cyber wars again and again in India,” said Vineet Kumar, founder and president of Cyberpiece Foundation. The ‘spin of the wheel’ scam is not a new phenomenon and has been happening for the past few years.
Kumar says, “Research says that there are over 100 million online shoppers in India and the more people who come for online, we expect more such scams to happen.”
65% growth in annual online sales this year. The festive online sale in India between October 15 and November 15 generated an industry turnover of approximately $ 8.3 billion (about Rs 61,253 crore), an impressive 65 percent year-on-year growth.
Fierce online shopping in small towns and cities
According to homegrown consulting firm Redseer, the number of gross merchandise value (GMV) has increased from $ 5 billion last year to $ 8.3 billion this year, thanks to large orders coming from small cities and towns. According to the market research firm, Flipkart Group emerged as the leader with 66 percent share of total sales in the entire sales month.
According to Kumar, the information gathered through these scams can be used to carry out more such cyber attacks, “specifically targeting Internet users in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, where There is little awareness of such scams. “
This dangerous link is still live
Chinese hackers hosted online links in Belgium and the US. The report states, “Today, these links are still operational and active. Hackers used fake images and comments to create fake accounts on social media platforms to legitimize the competition. ”
An image from one of these accounts was previously used for a call girl service in India. The nature of the comments used were also similar to each other.
User clicks on the fake link as soon as he clicks on the URL
The Cyberpiece Foundation deployed open-source investigative methods to examine links and found that all domain links were found to be registered in China. The URL used for the contest is sent to all multiple sites that are fake.
The report stated that Big Billion Days is a campaign for Flipkart, but hackers used large-scale public interest in the campaign to make it look as if the competition was being run by Amazon.