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Oscars 2020: Candidates Target Hackers!

Oscar 2020On the eve of the 92nd Oscars, the nominees were targeted by hackers. Hackers have found the "perfect opportunity" to "infect" moviegoers with malware and transfer them to phishing websites for the ultimate purpose of stealing personal information, such as credit card information and personal information. In fact, the Oscars on February 9 gave hackers the opportunity to "infect" fans looking for ways to watch new movies released in a timely and free way.

Specifically, TV shows and movies with a high popularity were used by hackers as a "bait" to fans of the Internet, seeking free early previews of candidate films, either in the form of fake streaming or through malware that appears as early released copies. According to her researchers Kaspersky, 2nd phishing websites and 925 malicious files were presented as free movies, only to "attack" users. Discovered phishing websites and Twitter accounts gather users' data and encourage them to take action to access the desired movie. Of course, in the end users don't get the content they want. Hackers use accounts to promote their malicious websites the official club's Twitter page reports that share links to streaming websites that promise to access movies for free or for a fee.

candidate films victims of hackersKaspersky researchers also found that the movie "Joker" is the most popular movie used as a malicious "lie" by hackers with over 300 malicious files presented as a preview of it. Joker.

"1917" was second on the list with 215 malicious files and "Irish Man" third with 179 files. The Korean movie "Parasite" had no malicious activity.

Thus, fans of Oscar nominees must be particularly careful about their safety. It is worth noting that cybercriminals are not exactly linked to the dates of the movie premieres, as they do not distribute any content other than malicious data. In order not to become a victim of hackers, fans must stay on legitimate streaming platforms and subscriptions to ensure they are not at risk.

KasperskyFinally, Kaspersky researchers released a list containing ways in which movie fans can avoid the risk of phishing and malware infection. The list contains the following instructions:

  • Pay attention to official movie release dates in theaters, cinemas, streaming services, television, DVDs or other sources.
  • Don't click on suspicious links that promise early preview of a new movie. Instead, check out movie release dates in theaters and cinemas and watch them.
  • Check the extension of the downloaded file. Even if you plan to download a video file from a source you consider reliable and secure, the file should have a .avi, .mkv or .mp4 extension, or other video formats rather than an .exe extension.
  • Check the authenticity of the site. Do not visit sites that allow you to watch a movie unless you are sure they are legal and do not start with https. Confirm that the site is authentic by double-checking the address format URL or spelling the company name, reading reviews about it and reviewing domain registration data before you start downloading.
  • Use a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Security Cloud, for complete protection against a wide range of threats.


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