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Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Registration SMS Message in Circulation, Aims to Install Malicious App


Fake SMS messages are in circulation that falsely claim to offer an offer to allow users to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in India. However, instead of providing a legal way to register for vaccination, it is intended to promote malware via SMS messages once the application is installed on a mobile device. The malicious application was initially named COVID-19, although it later received an update that renamed it Vaccine Register. The attackers will be able to persuade users to install the app as a large number of people have encountered problems while registering for the COVID-19 vaccine through the official Covin portal.

Cybersecurity firm ESET has malware researcher Lucas Stefanko Tweeted About SMS message that asks users to download application for registration for COVID-19 vaccination. The message is aimed at Indian users and, according to the researcher, ‘Covid-19 Vaccine Free Registration’ has been e-mailed.

The researcher said that the SMS message, however, is a link that installs a worm application, which spreads itself through the required SMS in the victim’s contacts with a link to download the SMS Lover. The app also receives unnecessary permissions that attackers can take advantage of to gain user data.

Although the application was initially called COVID-19, it was Name changed Achieved a light mode on the vaccine register and to reach more devices over time. It is also known to have support for dual-SIM connectivity. This will allow the malware to propagate using the first available operator operator available on the device.

Users are advised to avoid any SMS messages that contain links asking them to download apps. It is also important to note that currently registrations for the Covid-19 vaccine are being made only through the Covin Portal as well as the Health Bridge and Umang apps.

However, there are third-party sites through which you can receive notifications when there are slots available to receive notifications. The government has also provided an option to find a COVID-19 vaccination center near you using MyGov Coro’s helpdesk chatbot.

The government expanded the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the country last week by starting enrollment of 18-44 year olds. The vaccine registration was previously open to people 45 years and older.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360 outside New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has often written about applications, computer security, Internet services and telecom development. Jagmeet is available on Twitter @ Jagmeet S13 or email [email protected] Please send your leads and tips. More

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