Open source information reveals following likely flash points in India during the Week Ending 19 February - Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Nagaland. States of UP, Manipur where elections are being held. Terrorist affected zones Kashmir and Central Indian areas under Naxal influence will continue to remain vulnerable. Civic Polls in Mumbai and Pune on 21 February. Terror alert on occasion of Mahashivratri on 24 February. Subscribe to Weekly Alerts to get full details, enquiry - email@example.com
ICICI Bank Issues Alert against fishing calls
ICICI Bank one of the largest private banks in India has issued an alert against fishing calls. The Bank circular through Email to customers has asked clients to be careful about fraudulent callers seeking your bank details.
The Bank states that bank representatives will never ask for personal banking details. In addition a few scenarios where a fraudster might be at work are also portrayed such as:-
“Your account will be deactivated, unless you do…”
“This call is to verify your account details, if you do not verify your account will be closed”
“Bank is offering you an upgrade of your Debit Card…”
“Your Reward Points will expire in next month, to use it…”
“For security purpose, kindly update mobile number XXXXXX2456 in your account
using ATM/Debit Card on IVR”
The callers may possess a few of basic personal details such as name or phone number.
The Banks warns that personal banking details such as: User ID, Account Number, OTP to generate password online, transaction and Service Requests and Grid values on Reverse of
Debit Card should not be revealed on telephone under any circumstances
Voice phishing also known as Vishing (V+ishing) is the criminal practice of exploiting telephone to gain access to private personal and financial information from the public for the purpose of illicit financial reward as per the Wikipedia
A 9mm double-barrel gun designed like an iPhone has placed police in Europe on high alert after authorities received a warning that it could be flooded illegally into the continent when it goes on sale in the US. The "iPhone Gun" which has been pre-ordered 12,000 times, is disguised as an iPhone but can transform into a lethal weapon at the touch of a button. It is believed the weapon will be imported to European criminals within days, as officials struggle to control the borders amid terror fears.[Based on Relevant media inputs in public interest]
As Islamic State of Iraq and al Shams (ISIS) hold over swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria weakens due to international military efforts and the likelihood of its battle-hardened foreign fighters returning to their respective homeland increases, agencies here have warned of a "grave" terror threat from the Indian returnees. Sources in the intelligence agencies estimate that number of Indians battling it out as foreign fighters in IS territory is between 40 and 50. This, they feel, is far more serious than the current trend of online radicalisation by Syria and Afghanistan-based IS recruiters and handlers, as a direct, personal indoctrination would have far more impact and outreach. [Source - Times of India 31 December 2016. Reproduced in Public Interest]