Malware with information stealing capabilities reported focusing on Android cell gadgets, RS advised


New Delhi, September 17

A malware named ‘BlackRock’, outfitted with information stealing capabilities, has been reported focusing on the Android cell gadgets, Parliament was knowledgeable on Thursday.

“It (BlackRock) can steal credentials from more than 300 apps like email clients, e-commerce apps, messaging/social media apps, entertainment apps, banking, financial apps, etc,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT Sanjay Dhotre stated in a written reply within the Rajya Sabha.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has printed an alert on this virus in July 2020 on its web site in addition to Cyber Swachhta Kendra, and alerted the customers relating to precautionary measures to be taken to thrust back the virus, he added.

Dhotre stated the federal government has taken numerous measures to examine malicious apps and allow customers to guard their cell phones, together with sending alerts and advisories about threats, vulnerabilities and malware affecting cell phones together with countermeasures.

The authorities has operationalised the Cyber Swachhta Kendra to allow detection and cleansing of malicious code, he stated including that this centre operates in shut coordination and collaboration with web service suppliers (ISPs) and the trade.

In response to a separate question, Dhotre stated the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has arrange an ombudsman’s scheme specifically “RBI Ombudsman for Digital Transactions” to take care of complaints in opposition to the cell wallets, cell fee and on-line fund switch for cover of the purchasers.

“As per information made available by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), a total of 49 complaints regarding frauds in online shopping has been received till date,” he added.

Responding to a query on steps taken to encourage improvement of Indian apps, Dhotre stated a complete 6,940 entries have been acquired below Digital India Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation problem.

“Best 24 apps were selected in nine categories- Business (Fintech and Agritech), eLearning, Entertainment, Games, Health, News, Office and Work from Home, and others,” he added. — PTI



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