Phishers used Arvind Kejriwal as bait in a new Facebook scam

As the election fever is gripping the nation, scores of political leaders have turned to social media for amassing electoral support. The act has led cyber criminals leverage the situation by using the same community as bait.

Yes, a new report released by security solution firm – Symantec highlights the Phishers are targeting Indian users by using Arvind Kejriwal (leader of the Aam Aadmi Party) as a bait.

The phishing site, titled “Unite With Us Against Corruption”, uses image of the Aam Aadmi Party leader, Kejriwal along with fake Facebook “like” button. The caption to the picture is provided by the leader’s latest Twitter tagline – “Political revolution in India has begun. Bharat jaldi badlega.”

After clicking on the “like” button, users are prompted to enter their Facebook login credentials for liking the Aam Aadmi party page. Upon entering the credentials, the phishing site redirects the user to an acknowledgment page. The Web page then asks the user to click another “like” button.

The email address entered earlier is then displayed on the acknowledgement page. The “like” button is placed beside a fake number that claims to show the amount of likes the party has already gained.

If a user falls victim to the phishing site by entering their personal data, phishers successfully steal his confidential information for identity theft purposes. As such Symantec advises Internet users to follow these best practices to avoid becoming victims of phishing attacks.

  1. Exercise caution when clicking on enticing links sent through emails or posted on social networks
  2. Do not click on suspicious links in email messages
  3. Do not provide any personal information when replying to an email
  4. Do not enter personal information in a pop-up page or window
  5. Ensure that the website is encrypted with an SSL certificate by looking for a picture of a padlock image or icon, “https”, or the green address bar when entering personal or financial information
  6. Use comprehensive security software, such as Norton Internet Security or Norton 360 to protect you from phishing and social networking scams

The phishing site is hosted on servers based in Lansing, Michigan in the US. For more information, visit Symantec blog.

1 COMMENT

  1. What Could Arvind Do ?

    After 49 days in office , Arvind Kejriwal resigned as CM of Delhi

    Some people say , he is a ” Bhagoda ” ( an absconder ), who ran away from his responsibility to people of Delhi

    Now , if you were AK , what would you have done , if you were faced with the following situation ?

    > You have promised to people of Delhi , to root-out corruption

    > To this end , you have promised to pass Jan Lok Pal Bill

    > Business Rules of Central Government say , Delhi Government CANNOT
    introduce any bill which has financial implication / burden , without first
    seeking OK from the Lieutenant Governor ( LG ) to introduce the bill

    > Business Rules are ” Un-Constitutional ” , as per eminent jurists

    > But Congress Government at Centre , was NOT willing to drop these
    rules , despite a written request from Delhi Government

    > LG had no power to give a go-bye to the rules . His only option was to
    reject the introduction of the bill , if it was referred to him

    > Knowing this too well , Congress / BJP ganged up and insisted that
    AK must , first refer the bill to LG and introduce it in Assembly , only if
    approved by LG

    Did Arvind have any option other than to resign ?

    Now suppose , he throws up his hands and tells people of Delhi ,

    ” What can I do ?

    I tried my best but BJP / Congress would not let me introduce the bill ,
    citing some un-constitutional rules

    Jan Lok Pal Bill must wait till ,

    * AAP comes to power at the Centre and drops those Business Rules
    ( I admit , this is a most unlikely scenario ! )

    * AAP government at Centre grants full Statehood to Delhi

    So , I have decided to forget the whole matter and continue as CM ”

    Those very same people would have said ,

    ” What business you have to continue as CM , if you cannot fulfill your
    promises ?

    You are no different than those power-hungry politicians of BJP / Congress

    If you have any shame left , you must resign immediately ”

    DEAR ARVIND ,

    Kuchh to log Kahenge

    Logo ka kaam hain kahena

    Chhodo ye bekaar ki baante

    Kahin bit naa jaye rainaa ( – I mean , Mat-Ganana ! )

    * hemen parekh ( 22 April 2014 / Mumbai )

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