News Report: Rising Concerns Over Bank OTP Bypass Scams
In recent times, the digital banking sector has witnessed a surge in OTP (One-Time Password) bypass scams, raising significant concerns about the safety and security of online financial transactions.
- Increasing Prevalence of Scams: The convenience of digital transactions and online banking, while advantageous, has been accompanied by a growing concern regarding banking security. Recent incidents have highlighted the vulnerabilities associated with the one-time password (OTP) system, which has seen an increasing number of bypass scams.
- High-Profile Cases: A recent incident involving MP Dayanidhi Maran brought to light the ease with which fraudsters can bypass the OTP and other security layers to commit digital banking frauds. Maran reported a debit of Rs 99,999 from his Axis Bank savings account without the generation or receipt of an OTP. The bank has since credited the amount back to Maran’s account.
- Methods Employed by Fraudsters: Cybersecurity experts have pointed out that malicious apps can now take control of a user’s phone, process, and delete OTPs even before they are viewed by the user. Additionally, there are methods to deceive bank servers into believing that the required OTP has been received, thus bypassing the security measure.
- Vishing Attacks: Voice phishing, or “vishing,” is becoming increasingly common. In these attacks, cybercriminals impersonate bank officials and use personal information or psychological tactics to coerce customers into revealing sensitive information, such as passwords, OTPs, and PINs.
- Recommendations for Safety against Bank OTP Bypass :
- Exercise caution with SMS and emails, especially from unknown sources.
- Maintain up-to-date versions of banking apps and download only from official app stores.
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for added security.
- Be wary of unsolicited calls and always verify the authenticity of the caller.
- Avoid conducting financial transactions on public Wi-Fi networks.
- Always verify phone numbers before sharing personal information.
- Be cautious of WhatsApp calls, especially from international numbers.
- Never provide remote access to your devices.
- Report any suspicious activity to your bank immediately.
As digital banking continues to evolve, it is crucial for users to stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and adopt recommended safety measures. Banks and financial institutions also have a responsibility to enhance their security protocols and ensure the safety of their customers’ data and funds.