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Phishing Alert : Mail from RBI Informing Tightened Security

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I received an email yesterday from RBI stating that they are tightening their security controls for all the banks that come under. And, I must click on a link to start the process. The mail in verbatim as below, sans the url.

Dear Customer

We have lunched new security, its mandatory for all customers in all banks in India, to get protected.

Kindly follow bellow, choose your bank and get started.

Start the process here

Reserve Bank Of India

The mail originated from Reserve Bank Of India via

As I was reading this mail on my Samsung Note, I starred the message for later reading. When I read the mail again on my laptop this morning, something did not seem right. For starters, the mail is extremely generic and there was a spelling mistake. And, I have a number of bank accounts, so in effect I should have received a number of emails, which was not the case.
I wanted to follow the trail to see where it goes. And, the link took me to the page as displayed below.
The page gave me a list of Indian banks and I was instructed to click on my bank and the link led me to a fake site which looked exactly like my bank’s online portal. The ruse is that I need to enter my banking username and password and these details go into the scammer’s database, thereby stealing my bank login details. A classic case of online banking phishing.
What should you do when you receive such mails?
I was quite surprised that Gmail did not think that this was spam and was delivered to me on a platter. So, if you do receive such a mail, make sure you don’t entertain the phishers by clicking on the links and logging into your online banking system. If in doubt, call your bank to check to verify. Also, as a precaution, always log into your banking account by keying in the url rather than clicking on links provided on mails.

What is the Ordinance all about?

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The past few days has been hectic, parleying within and between political systems, the Indian cabinet and the president himself. A lot of talk is going around the word ordinance and the latest news is on Rahul Gandhi, storming into a press session and calling the ordinance nonsense and finally saying that that it was his personal opinion.

What is this ordinance all about?

The Supreme Court of India earlier this year ruled that MPs and MLAs who get convicted of a two year or more jail sentence will lose their seats automatically.

But the Indian constitution states that such persons can appeal to the higher court, and up until their appeal runs its course, their seats are safe and sound.

The Supreme Court contends that a common man, if convicted, cannot throw his hat in the ring in the MLA and MP elections. Then how can a sitting legislator morally hold onto the seat when convicted. Thoughtful indeed.

The Indian government called for an all party meet to discuss on the tiff that the Supreme Court’s decision presented to the existing law. Apparently, as the government claims, BJP agreed to shun the highest court in India and support Congress to pass an ordinance to withhold the existing constitutional law.

The congress government came up with an ordinance and the cabinet passed it too. By this time, the BJP was up in arms, protesting against the safeguard of criminals. There is news from the grapevine that President Pranab Mukherjee advised the government against the ordinance, and felt that it was an opportunity to make Rahul Gandhi a hero, and while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to retire next year, he could take the blame for the blasphemy.

And then the press room barging session by the heir of congress came into play earlier today.

The cabinet’s decision to pass the ordinance has done plenty of damage to the ruling party, and the poster boy’s dramatics will be cherry picked by BJP and other opposition parties on the road to elections.

Afzal Guru Hanging Tainted by Political Touch

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The news of Afzal Guru hanging brought glee this morning. It was a relief to see one of the sought after execution being brought into action. But, there was a certain taint that not-so-political minded ones could smell – the scent of political mileage by the ruling Congress party. Keep Reading

Nirbhaya in South Africa

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It is perhaps true that Nirbhayas exist in all countries, but rarely do they come out. Even when they do, no group of people can muster courage to go against the government, spend days in sun, fighting tear gas shells, water jets and police torture like the Indians did. Keep Reading

Nitish Kumar not Keen on Prime Ministership in the 2014 Indian General Elections

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Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar set aside all speculations of him running the race for prime ministership in the 2014 general elections. A section of the opposition, National Democratic Alliance (NDA), had proposed his name but his rejection comes in the wake of Narendra Modi’s name being egged. Keep Reading

Abhijit Mukherjee is the New Poster Boy of Anti-People

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The son of the president of India, Abhijit Mukherjee, who is an MP from West Bengal perhaps didn’t see a soothsayer before he uttered the following words in front of glaring cameras – “those who are coming in the name of students in the rallies, sundori, sundori mahila (beautiful women), highly dented and painted”. Keep Reading

Timing of Kasab Hanging couldn’t be Better

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In today’s world, it’s all about timing. Imagine if Sunil Gavaskar would have played cricket in these times, he would have flopped with his run scoring pace and would have warmed the benches more often than not. Likewise, Kasab who was hanged today at 7.30AM, is good timing for a number of involved parties on multiple counts. Keep Reading

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