RBI warns of mobile data theft by ‘AnyDesk’ app

The cyber security and IT examination cell of the central bank warned of mobile application ‘AnyDesk’, which is being used by fraudsters to access data on mobile devices.

Published: 17th February 2019 11:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2019 11:30 AM   |  A+A-

Reserve Bak of India (RBI)

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NEW DELHI: Amid rising instances of fraud using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform, the Reserve Bank of India has cautioned all banks and payment system operators about a new modus operandi allegedly used by scammers to target customer phones.

In an alert dated February 14, the cyber security and IT examination cell of the central bank said that a mobile application called ‘AnyDesk’ was allegedly being used by fraudsters to access data on mobile devices. Once the app is installed on customer phones, it seeks permission to access controls of the phone, like all other applications. 

“An app code (nine-digit number) would be generated and once the fraudster inserts this code, he would ask the victim to grant permission. Post this, the fraudster will get full access to the victim’s device,” the circular read. The app then allegedly proceeds to steal confidential data on the phone to carry out fraudulent transactions via other payments apps.

In its alert, the RBI said that it had sent out a similar advisory on January 10. Officials say the circular was originally issued by National Payments Commission of India (NPCI) to ensure that genuine makers of payments applications put some controls on the kind of data they access on customer phones. Data on the NPCI website shows that between April 2018 and January 2019, the UPI platform saw 388 crore transactions worth over Rs 6.4 lakh crore.

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  • Malcolm

    The AnyDesk app does not steal anything. That is done by the INDIAN scammers who phone people up any try to frighten them into thinking something is wrong with their computer/internet. Anydesk is just one of the free tools these SCAMMERS use to try and connect to their victims computer. Why not run an article on INDIAN SCAMMERS
    1 month ago reply
  • St

    I thought a serious newsletter site won't post such misleading news. This post is written to put down AnyDesk but it's nothing else than a remote software like TeamViewer and all the other softwares out there. You could write that about Teamviewer instead of AnyDesk. Please put more effort in your news next time.
    3 months ago reply
    • PW

      This is informative. You must be an AnyDesk agency/employee. Right? The app is risky. And unsecure. Accept it. We know. And many times over as compared to other screensharing freewares and tools.
      3 months ago reply
      • St

        I cannot see anything informative here. An article about the Indian scammers
        25 days ago reply
      • St

        Come on
        26 days ago reply
  • Naser

    What a stupid click bait title. Considering that logic
    6 months ago reply
  • Sv

    AnyDesk is just a remote sharing application like TeamViewer. Many software developers use them on laptop to connect to client's laptop for remote testing.
    6 months ago reply
  • Adil

    The headline is misleading - it implies AnyDesk is doing the stealing. It is just a remote desktop software that was used by the scammers who are unrelated to AnyDesk.
    6 months ago reply
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