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Loot in the time of a virus: ‘Fearware’ attacks spike as online scamsters prey on pandemic panic

Data breaches and phishing attacks are nothing new. But the widespread adoption of digital payments and the work-from-home culture during the pandemic has opened up a new battlefront in cybersecurity. Thwarting cyberattacks when the world is gripped by panic makes the fightback even more challenging. Is India prepared?
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My name is no, My sign is no, My number is no, You need to let it go. - No by Meghan Trainor The next time you are asked to share your personal information online, remember these lines from Trainor’s song. Indeed, there is little one can do in the digital world when faced with
counter such attacks. Hackers are growing and adapting fast. The onus to beat them is as much on the government as on cybersecurity agencies and anti-malware makers. As for the gullible majority of the Indian populace that invariably falls victim to scamsters online, Meghan Trainor’s song could be a valuable reminder. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
My name is no, My sign is no, My number is no, You need to let it go. - No by Meghan Trainor The next time you are asked to share your personal information online, remember these lines from Trainor’s song. Indeed, there is little one can do in the digital world when faced with counter such attacks. Hackers are growing and adapting fast. The onus to beat them is as much on the government as on cybersecurity agencies and anti-malware makers. As for the gullible majority of the Indian populace that invariably falls victim to scamsters online, Meghan Trainor’s song could be a valuable reminder. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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