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Real or rumour: Don’t pick up this number as your smartphone could be hacked message doing rounds in Okhla

Real or rumour: Don’t pick up this number as your smartphone could be hacked message doing rounds in Okhla.

A message is doing the rounds in Okhla since morning in which residents have been found sharing a mobile number containing nine digits, urging residents not to pick up a call from this number as it could lead to spread of virus on the mobile phone or even it could be used to hack or blow-up your smartphone.

Many residents fear that their smartphones can also be hacked.

A resident said he too received the message this morning. “I am unable to understand that the message is even being shared by education people. What has happened to them? I got this message from a friend who forwarded it without confirming it or deleting it. People have gone really crazy and don’t think twice before forwarding messages,” said Rizwan Khan.

Other resident berated one self-proclaimed activist. “This is nothing but a rumour and resident should be careful while being part of rumour spreading campaign,” he wrote.

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Since the cyber attack in several countries, rumours have been doing around with some residents urging people not to use ATMs for a few days as it could be hacked. However, since the Ransomware attack surfaced, India has claimed that it is largely safe.

“We have been checking hundreds of systems since we were alerted to this cyber attack. The attacks seem to be the result of a vulnerability in the Microsoft windows OS, and we released a patch. We understand systems in Andhra Pradesh are impacted, but so far our assessment is that there isn’t much impact,” Gulshan Rai, the Cyber Security Chief in the PMO, told The Hindu.

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