Malware Current Affairs - 2020

What is Event Bolt Malware in news recently?

The Computer Emergency Response of Team (CERT) of India has issued warning against a new malware called “EventBot”. The malware according to CERT steals personal financial information from Android phone users.

Highlights

The Eventbolt malware that is spreading is a Trojan. It cheats victims secretly attacking computer or phone operating system. Currently, the malware is capable of targeting more than 200 different financial applications. The malware has already looted crypto currency wallets, bank accounts in Europe and US. It targets money-transfer services, financial applications.

Current Scenario

According to CERT, the malware has currently attacked financial applications such as Paypal, UniCredit, HSBC, Coinbase, TrasnferWise, etc.

CERT

Cert operates under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It is the nodal agency in India that deals with hacking, cyber security threats, phishing, etc. CERT represents India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization MoU signed by India. Around 7 countries signed this MoU. This includes Australia, Korea, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, India and Uzbekistan.

Apart from International measures, CERT has been carrying out several initiatives within India. This mainly includes “Cyber Swachhta Kendra”

Cyber Swachhta Kendra

The Cyber Swachhta Kendra aims to create secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections within the country. It is operated by CERT according to the provision in Section 70B of Information Technology Act, 2000.

Shopper Malware: 14% Indians affected

A new Trojan called Shopper malware is increasing its presence among smart phone users. The malware is screening unsolicited ads and flashing fake reviews.

Highlights

The malware is now focusing on retail applications. The malware is capable of reading data being entered on the screen. As the trojan gains permission, it interacts with the system interfaces and captures every data being featured in the screen. After acquiring information, it is using google and Facebook data to register on popular shopping sites.

Earlier Malware encounters

Prior to Shopper Malware, the largest such infection was created by “Trojan-Dropper”.  This was between October 2019 to November 2019. It affected 14.23% of Indians. Russia was the most affected. Around 28.46% of Russians were infected due to the malware.

With these increasing cyber-crimes, Indian Government has set up Cyber Swachhta Kendra to detect such malware infections and clean them at the earliest.

Cyber Swachhta Kendra

The CSK are Botnet cleaning and Malware analysis centres. They operate under Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under Ministry of Electronics and information Technology. They were established in accordance with National Cyber Security Policy. The Centre provides malware removal tools to fix them permanently. It is important to develop more such centres as India ranks third in list of countries with highest number of cyber threats.