An increasing phishing peril to Indian Banking Industry
At least the second part of June 2009 has witnessed a significant increase in the number of phishing websites that have been targetting indian banks. On a quick sample, my emailbox has been recieving on an average of 2 phishing emails per day from June 10 through June 21 and then the average has changed to 1 email per day from June 22 through June 28. I have been diligenty reporting each one to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org so that these sites could be brought down quickly before they wreak havoc on more number of customers.
I am sure that the Anti-Phishing team at Axis Bank (and similar other banks) would have also recieved at least 10x number of similar phony websites. I just thought of sharing this message with other readers that they would need to exercise a heightened caution whilst transacting on their bank accounts online. Also, it takes a minute to report any such phishing email to your bank internet department so that this menace can be controlled quickly.
Here I would summarize a few email addresses to which you would need to report the full phishing email so that the internet banking team of the bank can bring such websites down.
- Axis Bank: email@example.com (or) firstname.lastname@example.org
- ICICI Bank: email@example.com
- HDFC Bank: firstname.lastname@example.org (and) email@example.com
- Citibank: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Canara Bank: email@example.com
- State Bank of India: firstname.lastname@example.org