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#Thread We started our series on online bank frauds and data security with @LukasStefanko 's revelation on three fake Indian bank apps stealing sensitive data of hundreds of Indians. (1/n)
We also published an exclusive email interview with @LukasStefanko in which he alarms India regarding the upcoming bank frauds. (2/n)
We were shocked to know that per day bank frauds are looting 1.5 lakhs from Kerala. In 8 months starting from last August Rs 3 crores went to their accounts. Ernakulam and Trivandrum tops in the list with 80 and 70 lakhs respectively. (3/n)
It's a fact that police could recover only 10 percent of the total amount looted from Kerala. In some cases banks gave compensation. (4/n)
This is how fraud happened through fake bank apps of ICICI, HDFC,RBL banks. The shocker is that these fishy apps were available in Google play store. The second screenshot shows the data which was leaked. (5/n)
The app screens are so closely similar to their originals. These apps offered a provision to increase the credit card limit. Frauds looted details including card details (with cvv) and internet banking credentials. (6/n)
The phishing sites of Flipark and Amazon are so common. Most of us are aware of these stuffs, but statistics shows something different! Indians are so vulnerable to cyber frauds. (7/n)
On the second day we exposed the fraud behind the SMS regarding Income tax refund. Security expert @bajpab helped us to decompile the app came along with the link and we found that its another RAT (Remote Access Trojan) (8/n)
The link redirected to a phishing site of Income Tax dept and later redirected to fake bank login pages. The visitors counter in the site shows 5 cr+ which is shocking if true! (9/n)
We revealed all possible threats these malicious sites and apps can bring. I was like 'OMG' seeing the number of people sharing their details in this particular scam. (10/n)
See the permissions the so called 'T-Mobile' app. After looting the bank credentials they take the control or your phone. They can read and receive SMS even sitting miles away (11/n)
Third day we had special write-ups on Jamtara (Jharkhand), the capital of cyber frauds. In Trivandrum renowned builder lost one crore rupees to a fraud group which offered huge amount as Bitcoin. Police is still investigating the case. (12/n)
Fourth day we dealt with malicious apps even in Google play store (Thanks to @LukasStefanko). Also explained why SMS is 2FA is not fully secure in the wake of recent Reddit hack. (13/n)
Another interesting stuff came up in between was the money involved in data sale. We approached a data seller claiming as a digital marketing agency. He was ready to dump several confidential databases. (14/n)
Everything is available readymade! Some of the sellers send us the sample data sets. They offered the DB of plus two students in Kerala at Rs.4000. Sample excel sheet was mailed. (15/n)
This is the mail we got from one seller. When we told him that 4k is bit, he was 'happy' to reduce it to 3k. He was so restless that he wanted the deal to be completed soon. (16/n)
#Alert If you are in Kerala and you turn victim in an online bank fraud, here is the 'How to Guide'. This Whatsapp based facility is developed by @TheKeralaPolice which includes nodal officers from various banks and wallet companies. (17/n)
Statistics sums up everything (18/n)
Here's a telephone guide to all cyber police wings in Kerala. Rushing to police without loosing a second might help you recover the money. The series was prepared by Team Manorama (K Jayaprakash Babu, Ajish Muraleedharan, Jerry Sebastian, VR Prathap, Joe Jacob and myself) (19/n)
Even ministers are not spared. Kerala Revenue minister E.Chandrasekharan got fraud calls claiming that his ATM card is blocked and they need the PIN to reset it. Police registered case. #Manorama
Another story in today's Manorama. A doctor in Trivandrum lost 50k through a different kind of ATM fraud. Police remains clueless. #Manorama

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Sep 16, 2018
#Thread As Kerala is recovering from the devastating floods, a Kasargodu native is heading India's first comprehensive flood monitoring system in Kolkata funded by Asian Development Bank. Follow the thread for more about the project which will be functional from next month.(1/n)
Gopalakrishna Bhatt, A hydro geologist from Badiyaduka is the technical consultant of the project. It has been designed to
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Sep 9, 2018
#Thread During #KeralaFloods many of the people lost their crucial documents. It was a big mess to recover these documents since they don't even remember the document no. Hence, Kerala IT department came up with an API architecture to retrieve the documents. (1/n)
The idea was generated jointly by IT secretary M.Sivasankar and KSUM CEO Saji Gopinath. The target was to retrieve the documents by taking the basic inpit values known to the public. It startes working last day (2/n)
Incase of Aadhaar, govt will take your biometrics as the input value to generate E-Aadhaar if one doesn't remember the ID number. This will be pushed into Digilocker account created. Also will get a print out for free of cost. (3/n)
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Sep 5, 2018
#Thread Here's an incredible story about a young man who was busy with loading and unloading in #KeralaFloods relief centres. Only days later people came to know that he was none other than, Kannan Gopinathan, the Collector of Dadra & Nagar Haveli! (1/n)
He travelled in KSRTC buses and covered 5 districts in 10 days without revealing identity. He took leave for serving his homeland in the time of crisis. Kannan is a native of Kottayam. Even his relatives were not aware of his unofficial visit! (2/n)
It was only after Eranakulam Collector Y.Safirulla's visit to centre at KBPS press, the volunteers of the camp came to know that the guy who was helping in loading goods was an IAS officer! (3/n)
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Aug 24, 2018
#Thread #KeralaFloods Detailed thread to document the historic efforts of various online groups in rescue and relief operations. Trust me, Whatsapp and Google sheets were the powerful weapons we had. Pic: An online control room set by NRKs in house at Abu Dhabi (1/n)
It was the time we truly realised the power of social media and instant messaging services with regard to disaster management. Many were stranded on roof-tops without any other contact to the world other than their mobile phones. Whatsapp brilliantly solved the issue. (2/n)
Before going in detail let me point out the problem statements. 1) Govt issued some helpline numbers but most of them were busy with numerous calls 2) Thousands of SOS requests flooded in social media which were not addressed in a systematic manner, hence turned spams (3/n)
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Aug 21, 2018
#Thread Went to Vizhinjam coast to meet the fishermen who took part in rescue mission in #KeralaFloods . We were filled with positive energy and happiness hearing their experiences (1/n)
We dedicated almost 2 pages for celebrating their mission.On Thursday 8.10 pm Fr.Justin Judin,vicar of Vizhinjam church announced the requirement for boats through public announcement system. In 20 minutes almost 50 boats and 100 fishermen were assembled. Military like formation!
Just see the Engine fan of a fishing boat which participated in the #KeralaFloods rescue mission. Most of the boats are damaged and they won't be able to go to sea for a while. I was blown away by their sacrifice (3/n)
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Mar 11, 2018
Short-lived are the marks sea casts on a shore but not the memories it leaves on a coast. After a sail off the Poonthura shore with Rinku chettan (Photographer) on the hundredth day of Ockhi, we returned home with a heavy heart. (1/n)
After all the discussions about fishermen's safety and the promises government extended to the fisher-folk, not a single measure has been adopted to practicalise any of it. (2/n)
Our companion Andrews told us that a similar calamity can cause a graver damage even after a hundred days from now. (3/n)
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