From early 2020 to the end of June 2021, Kaspersky intercepted more than 93,000 infection attempts, which were disguised as the five major streaming platforms Netflix, Disney +, Apple TV +, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.
As the cybersecurity company explains, content on-demand and streaming services have grown rapidly in the last two years, with cybercriminals taking advantage of users’ interest in watching their favorite programs on these platforms.Read also The hacker sent tens of thousands of unsolicited e-mails from the FBI server
The most abused streaming service is Netflix, with almost 90% of affected users encountering malware or unwanted software while searching for Netflix and related content. According to Kaspersky, about 60% of infection attempts were made using only two series as attractions. These are the series The Mandalorian and Money Heist. Other top five series regularly exploited as a lure in phishing attacks included Rick and Morty, Peaky Blinders and Westworld.
“More and more users are subscribing to streaming platforms to watch their favorite series. Since tracking such content does not require downloading any files, we would expect this type of malicious activity to be reduced. However, cybercriminals are rapidly adapting to new trends and thus come up with related types of fraud, “said Miroslav Kořen, Kaspersky’s General Manager for Eastern Europe.Read also Beware of fraudulent e-mails from Slovak banks. New malicious code is attacking in Slovakia
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Its portfolio includes comprehensive endpoint protection solutions, as well as a number of specialized security solutions and services providing protection against digital threats.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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