Telegram Bots and Google Forms are Being Used Criminals for Automated Phishing

The number of online scams is at an all-time high and the cyber criminals have found different ways to attack the target victims and leverage legitimate services to collect the data that are stolen form.

The threat actors are using Google form and telegram as an alternate way to store the data collected from phishing campaign and start using them immediately. Also, automated phishing campaign that are available in the dark web contain Telegram Bots.

How does this matter?

The cybercrime-as-a-model has gained popularity among cybercriminals and these platforms are propagated under the same model. The scope of activity of this model is increasing day-by-day as more such groups have started resorting to these models.

Some Statistics of such attacks-

  • More that 260 brands were targeted by cyber criminals using phishing kits last year. These kits were commonly used to generate web pages that imitate online services.
  • Free emails are one of the most common way of harvesting a phishing campaign. They are generally created using Yandex or Gmail.

The attackers can accumulate the data in two ways- local and remote. Fighting against cybercrime has become increasingly difficult with the introduction of phishing kits. Automated attacks can replace block websites with new webpages instantly.

Conclusion-

The old methods that were used to fight against phishing campaigns are not enough because of the new tactics and techniques that are getting evolved by the threat actors. Moreover, the automation of these attacks has resulted in increased threats of these phishing attacks. So, it is advised that everyone becomes cautious about the websites they are using and the emails and messages they are receiving. It is always recommended that any suspicious email or activity is best avoided.

By Hrithik Lall

IEMLabs is an ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015 certified company, we are also a proud member of EC Council, NASSCOM, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The company was established in 2016 with a vision in mind to provide Cyber Security to the digital world and make them Hack Proof. The question is why are we suddenly talking about Cyber Security and all this stuff? With the development of technology, more and more companies are shifting their business to Digital World which is resulting in the increase in Cyber Crimes.

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