Cybersecurity researchers warned on Friday that scammers are misleading people and stealing their banking details via phishing links based on the new movie ‘an-Spider-Man: No Way Home’. Kaspersky researchers observed heightened activity by scammers prior to the film’s release and found numerous examples of phishing websites set up to steal viewers’ bank details. To see the new superhero movie before the premiere, people were asked to register and enter their credit card information.
After that, the cybercriminals debited the money from his card and the payment details collected, but the movie could not be seen ahead of time. “With the excitement surrounding the release of the latest Spider-Man movie, cybercriminals abuse the inattention of excited viewers. The premiere of ‘No Way Home’ is no exception, but an attractive lure for spreading threats and phishing pages, “said cybersecurity researchers. Superhero movies have always attracted a lot of fan attention, so their trailers they are specially analyzed.
“There are tons of speculation and rumors floating around the internet about ‘No Way Home.’ For example, there are rampant reports that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are returning as Spider-Man from their respective films, “the report said. Although there is no concrete evidence that they will, fans have already come up with their own theories.
“To increase interest in phishing pages, scammers don’t use official movie posters, but fan art featuring all the Spider-Man actors. With those posters, cybercriminals want to attract more fan attention, “the report noted.
In most of the cases analyzed, Kaspersky researchers discovered movie downloaders capable of installing other unwanted programs, but there were also other adware and even Trojans.
“We encourage users to be vigilant about the pages they visit and not to download files from unverified sites,” said Tatyana Shcherbakova, a security expert at Kaspersky, adding that they avoid links that promise early views of movies or TV series.
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