Railways (IRCTC) issues important warning for Android smartphone users

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If you book your train tickets via the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website or app, then this news is very important for you. The IRCTC has issued a warning about a malicious Android software dubbed “irctcconnect.apk,” which users are advised not to install.

According to the report, dangerous software are being spread through well-known chat apps like Whatsapp and Telegram. The installation of this apk file comes with a warning that it is malicious and might infect your mobile device.

IRCTC warned its users to be cautious while replying to communications that could have been tampered with. Criminals behind the software pose as IRCTC in an effort to steal sensitive information including your UPI and bank account numbers, according to the report. As a result, you must avoid this app at all costs and be on the lookout for any that behave similarly.

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IRCTC warning

It has come to light that a phishing website (https://irctc.creditmobile.site) hosting a malicious Android software (irctcconnect.apk) is being shared through several IM services, including WhatsApp, Telegram, and others. The APK file for this Android app is harmful and may infect the device it is installed on.

Criminals are sending out phishing emails in bulk, convincing consumers to click on links that lead them to malicious Android apps that steal personal information by seeming to be from reputable institutions such as IRCTC.

In light of this, we strongly suggest that you refrain from downloading and using this software in order to protect yourself from potential scammers. Always use the official ‘IRCTC Rail Connect’ app, available for free on iOS and Android, to book your train tickets.

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Customers should know that IRCTC will never ask them over the phone for a personal identification number (PIN), one-time password (OTP), credit card number, bank account number (ABAL), or UPI.

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