A fake SMS message is circulating and it falsely claims to provide an app to allow users to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in India. However, the application aims to provide a way to spread malware through SMS messages, not to provide a legal way to register for vaccination, but to spread the malware through the message after it is installed on a mobile device . The malicious application was originally named COVID-19, although it later received an update to rename it to the Vaccine Register. Attackers may persuade users to install the app, as many people face problems when registering for the COVID-19 vaccine through the official CoWIN portal.
Lukas Stefanko, malware researcher at cyber security company ESET Tweet Information about SMS messages that require users to download the app to register for COVID-19 vaccination. The researchers said that the news was aimed at Indian users and was designed in a way that mimics the “free registration of COVID-19 vaccine.”
The researchers said that the SMS message had a link that installed the worm application, which actually spread to the victim’s contacts via SMS through a link to download the malware. The application has also obtained unnecessary permissions, which may be used by attackers to obtain user data.
Although the app was originally called COVID-19, Rename Go to the vaccine registration machine and receive a light mode so that even more devices can be reached over time. Also found that it supports dual SIM card connection. This will allow the malware to spread using the first available operator available on the device.
It is strongly recommended that users avoid any SMS messages that contain a link asking them to download the application. It should also be noted that the registration of the COVID-19 vaccine is currently only done through the CoWIN portal and the Aarogya Setu and Umang apps.
However, when a poke slot is available, you can receive notifications through third-party sites. The government also provides the option of using the MyGov Corona help desk chatbot to find a nearby COVID-19 vaccination center.
The government started registering from 18-44 year-olds last week, thus expanding the promotion and application of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine registration was opened earlier to people 45 years and older.
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