Attempts to trap Indians by using festive cell as a tool, China in debate again



Holding a special sale in October this year, e-commerce platforms like Amazon or Flipkart have received a huge response from Indian customers. These festive cells were also given the adjective ‘record breaking’ in various news. But the recent report that has come in front of Techgap, your eyes are forced to rise to the forehead! Sources claim that Chinese hacking groups have tried to use these cells during the festive season to harass the Indians again. According to the report, some fraudsters in China’s Guangdong and Henan provinces tried to trap shoppers during the sale on online shopping platforms.

According to the New Delhi-based CyberPeace Foundation, Chinese scammers targeted Flipkart’s customers through a scam called ‘Spin the Lucky Wheel’. A similar scam was created for Amazon’s Great Indian Festival called the Amazon Big Billion Day Sale. In these scams, Indian buyers were asked to click on some links in a bid to win attractive prizes. It was even claimed that many of these games won smartphones as prizes. All of these domain links were found registered with an organization called Fang Xiao Qing in Guangdong and Henan Province, China. Hackers have reportedly registered these domains on Alibaba’s cloud computing platform.

Vinit Kumar, founder and head of the Cyberpeace Foundation, says the e-commerce scandal is nothing new, but the worry is that Chinese cyber warfare companies are repeatedly secretly attacking India. According to Vineet, with more than 100 crore Indians shopping online in the October sale, a large number of people are likely to be involved in such scams. These scams were more active in Tier 2 and Tier 3 regions of the country, as internet users in those regions were less aware of such scams.

However, it is not yet clear what the hackers wanted to achieve through this scam. But as we always advise, be careful when shopping from online platforms. Don’t go for less that your full potential. Also, do not click on any kind of game or link while spending time on social media or internet.

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