e-promotion by ICICI Bank against Phishing mails !!

Kindly make a note of Phishing mails that can hack into your precious bank / Monetary accounts & fetch-out free money.


I myself had received such mailers from IDBI Bank asking for personal banking details. On the follow-up with Bank’s Top  officials over mail, it was found that the respective hacking bug was blocked & de-activated.

Here are a few Forensic Triggers mention in the web-poster of ICICI Bank, which is pretty much enlightening.

  • The email ID domain might appear to be Bank name / familiar company / friend’s ID.
  • On moving  the cursor onto the sender’s address, it would reveal mis-matching characters in the URL.
  • The padlock (Security protection) icon would be missing.
  • Generally, mailer will mention the urgent step-by-step action required in order to avoid shut-down of account.
  • It will ask for secret information like user ID, passwords, PINs, CVV number, Credit/Debit Card number, vbyv passcode details, etc.

    Money going e-line

    Phishing Mail

  Dear Customer, You must have heard of ‘Phishing’ ! It is a trap laid by fraudsters through e-mail. If you reply to the e-mail, you might be ‘phished’ of your confidential banking/credit-card details and end up losing your hard-earned money.

The way to protect yourself against phishing is to identify a phishing e-mail. If you suspect an e-mail to be a phishing attempt, forward it to antiphishing@icicibank.com, and delete from your mailbox. Do not respond to such mails.

For more details on Phishing, please click here.
ICICI Bank Ltd.
epromotion against PHISHING by icici Bank

p.s. – Original structure is modified as to suit the formatting.




Britain’s border security questioned after a BBC journalist entered the UK twice on fake and stolen passports

Me and my passports

Serious questions have been raised over Britain’s border security after a BBC journalist entered the UK twice on fake and stolen passports.

by Chris Barton, Research Scientist and Artemis Geek

Shahida Tulaganova obtained 20 illegal passports – each from an EU country, including the UK – within months.

Those in the trade told her to travel via sea or bus, saying port security was less stringent than airports.

The Home Office said it works closely with the EU to tackle the crime, taking the issue of false documents seriously.

In 2004, 8,285 fraudulent documents were detected at UK ports of entry, according to Home Office figures.

Entering the UK on a fake or stolen passport carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, while making a false statement to obtain a passport can lead to a prison sentence of up to two years.

Shahida travelled across Europe to obtain her false documents for her Panorama investigation.

They ranged in price from just £250 to more than £1,500. Some were provided within several days, while others took weeks.

She found her first illegal passport dealer in the centre of London – through an advertisement in a Russian language newspaper.

The dealer – Henry – provided her with a genuine Czech passport, by getting someone who looked like her to apply for one, using her photo.

BBC Reporter Shahida with fake Passport Documents

BBC Reporter Shahida with fake Passport Documents

Forgery detection

Shahida’s investigation poses questions over the number of non-EU nationals entering Britain on illegal passports. She uses Poland as an example.

“Since [Poland] country joined the EU less than two years ago a quarter of a million Poles have left and legally registered for work in Britain,” she says.

“But if my contacts are right, many of these may not have been Poles at all, but illegal immigrants using fake passports.”


  • UK, Germany
  • France, Italy
  • Sweden, Denmark
  • Finland, Estonia
  • Netherlands, Belgium
  • Spain, Portugal
  • Greece, Slovenia
  • Czech Republic, Poland
  • Austria, Slovakia
  • Lithuania, Latvia
  • Shahida enters Britain via boat – from Spain to Portsmouth – on a fake Latvian passport, and then later on the Eurostar using a stolen Estonian passport.

    Despite information on stolen passports being registered to a central Interpol database, her Estonian passport goes undetected.

    The Home Office says there is a “comprehensive bilateral exchange of information between member states regarding the issue of lost and stolen EU passports”.

    It maintains that in addition to this, all immigration officers are highly trained in identifying false documents.

    “All our immigration officers at British ports are trained in forgery detection techniques and have access to specialist forgery detection equipment,” a spokesperson said.

    The government has also introduced biometric e-passports with images securely stored inside chips, in an attempt to combat forgery and improve the security of British passports.

    Panorama: My Fake Passports and Me was on BBC One on December 4 2006.


    Cyber Frauds – Indian companies vulnerable to internet attacks

    PUNE: Here’s a cause of concern for India Inc. Independent findings of internet and data security company Symantec and research agency Frost and

    Sullivan suggest that Indian companies are susceptible to internet threats and companies are underspending on security. The country ranked number one on the prevalence of internet virus attacks in the Asia Pacific and Japan region, according to data with Symantec.

    How does one attackes a website
    How does one attackes a website
    Phishing Attacks & Cyber Frauds

    Symantec revealed this in the findings of its IT security scenario in 2008, while Datacraft, a company providing software solutions for the manufacturing industry, had commissioned Frost and Sullivan to conduct a security compliance survey of manufacturing companies in the country.

    Symantec’s findings show that India features among the top three countries in the region to be affected by malicious activity on the internet, aimed primarily at stealing sensitive corporate information.

    Frost and Sullivan’s survey in 2009 found that 92% of the companies had security vulnerabilities and were underspending on information security .

    While larger companies are taking steps for data security, small and medium businesses are not worried. Ken Schneider, Symantec CTO, security and compliance said, “While data theft is the prime reason for attacks, 61% of Indian SMBs are unaware of IT security threats and 68% do not consider data loss as a major security threat. Unprotected infrastructure, lack of IT policies, poorly protected information and poorly managed systems are a cause of concern for businesses. Unless enterprises improve security protocols and measures to counter malicious activities, India will continue to be a soft target of Internet threats.”

    Beware of Phishing & Inernet Frauds
    Beware of Phishing & Inernet Frauds

    Added Tony Murphy, solutions head, manufacturing, Datacraft, “The next two years are critical as security threats will increase. Manufacturing companies are expanding their IT infrastructure, thus increasing the complexity of operations. However, they are not investing enough to meet challenges thrown up by this complexity . Most of them are also not compliant with the latest security standards .”

    The Symantec survey revealed that incidence of spam is increasing and 12% of spam in the APJ region originates from India. Mumbai features high in the prevalence of internet attacks, contributing 37% of the affected computers, followed by Chennai at 24%.

    Globally, spam tripled in 2008 compared to 2007.

    According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a consultancy, report, IPR and business information contribute 32% and 68% respectively of data loss and Symantec’s findings reveal that 59% of the employees who lost or left a job walked away with some corporate information.


    92% cos vulnerable

    61% of Indian SMBs are unaware of threats and 68% do not consider it a threat

    Mumbai contributes 37% of the affected computers

    Chennai follows Mumbai at 24%

    Globally, spam tripled in 2008

    59% of the employees who lost or left a job, walked away with co data


    19 Sep 2009, 1044 hrs IST, ET Bureau

    Online Risks that Children Face

    Cyber Security

    Cyber Security

    Exposure to Inappropriate MaterialDue to the free availability of information on the Internet, a major risk that a child may be exposed to is inappropriate material, sexual, hateful, or violent in nature, or encourages activities that are dangerous or illegal.

    Gambling and Other unsuitable behaviourOnline gambling sites are flooding the Internet. It is unsuitable for children to view such sites. Most online gambling sites require a person to use a credit card. This poses a potential threat to the financial well being of the family as well.
    Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and other DangersSome web sites and newsgroups promote the use of drugs, tobacco or alcohol. Some websites even teach how to make bombs or download “Virus Development Kits”.
    Physical HarmPaedophiles seeking children as targets have used E-mail and chat rooms to gain a child’s confidence and then arrange a face-to-face meeting. Once the child’s confidence has been won and a meeting arranged, the child is in great danger of physical harm and permanent psychological scarring.
    Persecuting MessagesA child might encounter E-mail or chat/bulletin board messages that are harassing, demeaning, or belligerent. Information sent to your child could also have a psychological impact on your child.
    Legal and Financial ProblemsThere is also the risk that a child could do something that has negative legal or financial consequences such as giving out a parent’s credit card number or committing a cyber crime. Legal issues aside, children should be taught good “netiquette” which means to avoid being rude or inconsiderate while online.
    Intrusion of PrivacyA child’s privacy is vital but is most vulnerable on the Internet. No one has a right to a child’s personal information without due authorization from its guardians. Such information includes name, age, name of the school and details about the child’s family. Disclosing such information on the Internet may expose the child to substantial threats.
    Wasting a Child’s PotentialBy being online for unlimited number of hours, a child ends up wasting a lot of valuable constructive time that may have been utilised for creative purposes. A child’s development may suffer a great deal because of this.

    courtesy: http://www.asianlaws.org/fact/risks.htm

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