CERT-In to look into cyber attacks affecting I-T dept, banks

Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 17:23

New Delhi: The government`s top cyber security
arm has initiated a probe into complaints of I-T department,
banks and other financial bodies who have reported a spurt in
cyber attacks and fake mails, which was affecting their
operations.

The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)
CERT-In, a technical and cyber security department
under the Ministry of Communications and Information
Technology, is the nodal agency to analyse and respond to
cyber attacks and intrusions into the country`s information and
technology networks.

These agencies have asked the CERT-In to arm them with
pro-active measures so that they can prevent phishing attacks
as huge monetary transactions are involved and also recover
any lost data.

"The CERT-In is working on incident reports sent by
the I-T department and various banks who have complained about
phishing attacks on their servers and in one case, even the
facsimile of a banking institution was stolen and used for
fraudulent purposes," a source said.

While banks have reported about "fraudulent entities"
interacting with their customers to share passwords, account
details and PIN numbers to the CERT-In, the I-T department and
its directorates have reported fake mails sent to taxpayers
and have also asked for securing passwords used by income tax
officials, especially handling refunds.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 17:23

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