However, since May 1, the process has been slow and not working properly compelling people to look for other alternatives to book the vaccination slots.
As a result of this, new malware is said to be targeting Android users, as per a report by Business Insider. According to security researcher, a fake SMS message is being circulated which promises to offer an app that will enable users to register for Covid-19 vaccine in India. But, instead of offering a legitimate way to register for the vaccine, this fake SMS installs malware on their mobile device.
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The Cybersecurity researcher from ESET tweeted about this new SMS malware which is asking users to download the app and register for Covid-19 vaccine. The researchers claim that the message is targeting Indian users and is designed to imitate ‘covid-19 vaccine free registration’.
The researcher further explained that the SMS consists of a link that installs a worm app, which spears via SMS to victims’ contacts and then downloads malware on their device. The app also gains unnecessary permissions which makes it easier for it to access user data.
Initially, the app was called Covid-19 but later it was renamed to Vaccine Register. The researcher also revealed that the app also supports dual SIM connectivity. This enables the malware to control the device using the first available operator.
So, it is advised that users should refrain from downloading any app via SMS. It is also important that you should register only via legitimate sources which include CoWin portal, Aarogya Setu and Umang apps. However, there are some third-party websites using which you can receive a notification when a slot is available for vaccination. But, you will have to choose wisely.
The government is also offering an option to find your nearest Covid-19 vaccination centre by using the MyGov Corona Helpdesk via WhatsApp.