Hackers using AnyDesk accessing UPI Wallets to wipe-out your money

RBI (Reserve Bank of India) on Feb 14 Released statement claiming hackers are using remote desktop accessing softwares like Anydesk to gain control over your UPI apps and wipe-out money from your bank account.

What is AnyDesk?

Anydesk is a software for Andorid , iOS and Desktop for remote accessing desktops. It’s similar to TeamViewer. With any desk you can access remote computer hosted anywhere in the world by using 9 digit one time connection password.

How AnyDesk is a Risk?

Unlike TeamViewer Anydesk uses single 9 Digit code to gain remote access on other hand softwares like teamviewer use combination of code and password which is more secure way of communication.

How Hackers are using Anydesk?

— First, fraudsters get bank customers to download the app (AnyDesk).

— Through a nine-digit code generated on the customers’ device, hackers get remote access to their mobile.

— After inserting the app code on the device, the hacker asks customers to grant certain permissions, which are similar to what is required while using other apps.

— Once they gain access to the mobile phone, hackers can carry out transactions fraudulently through any mobile banking app or payment-related apps, including UPI or wallets.

What must you do in case your mobile is hacked?

* If you are banking electronically, you must register yourself for SMS/email alerts and immediately inform your bank in case of a fraud.

* According to RBI, you must only use sites with https while banking online.

* Avoid banking on free networks.

* Regularly change and do not share your password/PIN

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