Experts at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky have found that hundreds of websites have pledged to offer free downloads of this year’s most acclaimed movies, but in fact all downloads are malware,media reported. More than 20 phishing sites tricked users into entering their credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
“The Joker” is the most popular movie to lure victims right now: researchers have found 304 malicious files with the film’s title. The World War I films 1917, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood had 215, 179 files and 150 malicious files, respectively. The South Korean film “The Parasite” has no malicious files related to it, Kaspersky reported.
In response, Kaspersky recommends that users check download file extensions from legitimate sources, check the authenticity of websites, find out when movies are shown in theaters or streaming services, and use a reliable virus protection service without clicking on suspicious links.
With this year’s Oscar nominations for best picture:
“King of the Speed car”
JoJo’s Wheed World
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood