As people work from home, cyberhits increase

NEW DELHI: A senior corporate executive was on a video conference with his senior management using the popular Zoom app while working from home due to the crash. Minutes after the meeting started, the screen was hacked, and the pornographic content started playing on the screens of those on the call, prompting them to end the call abruptly.

Similarly, as PM Narendra Modi solicited donations under the PM-CARES fund, more than a dozen identifications of similar sound emerged, attracting people to donate there. False identifications included pmcares @ pnb, pmcares @ hdfcbank, pmcare @ yesbank, pmcare @ ybl, pmcare @ upi, pmcare @ sbi, and pmcare @ icici. The problem was resolved, but not before the intervention of the Ministry of the Interior, CERT-in, the country's security watchdog and private experts.

Home nets very vulnerable to cyber attacks

This is not everything. Dozens are reaching messages and websites, which promise to inform people about those who suffer from coronaviruses near their location, or provide Covid-19 heat maps. In addition, many promise to help one take advantage of unemployment funds. Sent from apparently authorized sources, most of these counterfeits end up hacking and even taking control of the smartphones and laptops that download them, leading to cyber attacks.

As people work from home during the lockdown, cases of cyberattacks, hacking and even ransomware have been on the rise, posing a serious challenge to the new economic realities where digital nets are increasingly fuelling GDP, businesses, government machinery, and even school & college classes. Against the relatively secured nets at offices and workplaces, home nets are highly vulnerable, especially when many teammates are logging in through their personal devices under “bring your own device (BYOD)” practices.

Since most companies don't have systems and protocols to work remotely, hackers and malware makers are having a field day, says, a partner at the law firm Nishith Desai Associates, who has been advising to companies on how to work safely.