However, as of May 1st, the process has been slow and not working properly. This forces people to look for other alternatives to book the vaccination spots.
As a result, according to a report from Business Insider, new malware is said to be targeting Android users. According to security researchers, a fake SMS message is being distributed promising to offer an app that users in India can use to register for the Covid-19 vaccine. Instead of providing a legitimate way to register for the vaccine, this fake SMS installs malware on their mobile device.
The SMS worm embodies the free registration of the Covid-19 vaccine. The Android SMS worm tries to spread itself as a fake via SMS. Https://t.co/FrABIy2Pss
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The cybersecurity researcher out ESET tweeted about this new one SMS malware This is to encourage users to download the app and register for the Covid-19 vaccine. The researchers claim the message appeals to Indian users and is intended to mimic “Covid-19 vaccine registration”.
The researcher went on to explain that the SMS consists of a link that installs a worm app that impalers victims’ contacts via SMS and then downloads malware onto their device. The app is also given unnecessary permissions that make it easier to access user data.
The app was originally called Covid-19, later it was renamed Vaccine Register. The researcher also noted that the app also supports dual SIM connectivity. This allows the malware to control the device with the first available operator.
It is therefore recommended that users do not download an app via SMS. It is also important that you only register through legitimate sources, including CoWin portal, Aarogya Setu and Umang apps. However, there are some third party websites that will let you get a notification when a slot is available for vaccination. But you have to choose wisely.
The government also offers the option of using the MyGov Corona Helpdesk to find the nearest Covid-19 vaccination center via WhatsApp.