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Bank customers, take note: RBI warns of mobile data theft by ‘AnyDesk’ app
Financial Express, February 18, 2019

Amid rising instances of fraud using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform, the Reserve Bank of India has cautioned all banks and payment system operators about a new modus operandi allegedly used by scammers to target customer phones.

In an alert dated February 14, the cybersecurity and IT examination cell of the central bank said that a mobile application called ‘AnyDesk’ was allegedly being used by fraudsters to access data on mobile devices. Once the app is installed on customer phones, it seeks permission to access controls of the phone, like all other applications.

Access data
After installing this in the phone, it asks permission to access the data from the customer. According to the Central Bank’s IT Examination Cell, after installing this app, fraudsters will have complete control over the data of the mobile user.


Amid rising instances of fraud using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform, the Reserve Bank of India has cautioned all banks and payment system operators about a new modus operandi allegedly used by scammers to target customer phones.

In an alert dated February 14, the cybersecurity and IT examination cell of the central bank said that a mobile application called ‘AnyDesk’ was allegedly being used by fraudsters to access data on mobile devices. Once the app is installed on customer phones, it seeks permission to access controls of the phone, like all other applications.

Access data After installing this in the phone, it asks permission to access the data from the customer. According to the Central Bank’s IT Examination Cell, after installing this app, fraudsters will have complete control over the data of the mobile user.

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