Spider-Man: On the web of cybercriminals!

The recent film starring him Spider-Man, with Title «No Way Home», was released in Greek cinemas on December 16. The speculation and hype surrounding the film was huge, especially after the premiere of the movie trailer with faces from the past. Due to the excitement surrounding the release of the film, the inattention of the captivated viewers gave suitable ground to the cyber criminals. The premiere of “No Way Home” was no exception, but an attractive lure for spreading threats and phishing pages.

Kaspersky’s investigators observed a high level of fraudulent activity prior to the film’s premiere and identified numerous examples of phishing websites set up to infringe on viewers’ banking data. In order to watch the new superhero movie before the premiere, people were asked to sign up and enter their credit card details. Upon completion of the required action, money was charged from their card and their payment data was leaked to cyber criminals, while early screening of the film was not available.

Scammers trick viewers into entering their bank card details

Superhero movies have always monopolized the interest of their fans, so special attention is paid to their trailers. Thousands of speculations and rumors were spread on the internet about “No Way Home”. Examples are the numerous reports that want Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to both return as Spider-Man from their respective films. Although there is no concrete evidence that this will happen, fans have already made up their own theories. In order to stimulate interest in phishing pages, the cyber-scammers do not use official posters from the movie, but rather posters-creations of fans in which all the actors of Spider-Man are depicted. With such posters, cybercriminals want to attract even more fan interest.

An example of a phising site offering the online promotion of “No Way Home” with a fan creation poster

Many users tried not only to watch the long-awaited premiere of “No Way Home” online but also to download the movie. Needless to say, malicious files are hidden behind the pretext of the early release of the new film. In most of the cases investigated, Kaspersky’s investigators found downloads capable of installing other unwanted programs, and identified other Adware and even Trojans 一 malware that could allow cybercriminals to perform actions for which it has not been detected. authorize the user, such as collecting information, modifying data, or reducing computer performance.

“The expectations of the fans skyrocketed and were unquestionably higher than any movie. Everyone who has been a fan of Spidey has their own theories about movies that can be exploited by cybercriminals. By neglecting cybersecurity, audiences are in a hurry to learn the secrets of the premiere and scammers are using fan creations and trailers as bait to make victims download malicious files and enter their bank details. We encourage users to be vigilant when visiting websites and not to download files from unreliable sites“, Comments Tatyana Shcherbakova, security expert of Kaspersky.

In order to avoid falling victim to malicious programs and digital scams, the Kaspersky recommends to users:

  • To avoid links that promise early movie or TV shows. If in doubt about the authenticity of the content, it is advisable to contact your entertainment provider.
  • To ratify the authenticity before posting their personal information and using only official, trusted websites to watch or download movies. Examine the URL formats and spelling of company names.
  • To pay attention in file format downloading. A video file will never have a .exe or .msi extension.
  • Use a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Security Cloud, which detects malicious attachments and blocks phishing sites.

Source: Digital Life! by www.digitallife.gr.

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