A COVID-19 related phishing campaign has been targeting Indian government officials via Whatsapp, text, and email. Those who received SMS messages were being asked to provide a vaccination record on a cloned mygov.in site, but they first had to enter their email address and password. The messages users were receiving stated “as per directives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Confirm your COVID status on https://covid19india.in and generate your vaccination certificate.” Other officials received phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Army hospital stating that they needed officials to update their vaccination status via a link being sent over Whatsapp. A defense ministry official received a Google Drive link via email as well that was asking for information regarding post-vaccination measures. Due to the pandemic still causing a majority of Indian officials to work from home, it is likely more COVID-19 related scams will be seen.
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