Kaspersky experts also found a number of phishing websites set up to steal viewers’ bank details. This is a common trick where users visit an official-looking website in the hope of watching the long-awaited ‘No Time to Die’ movie for free.
After seeing the first few minutes of the latest film, they are then asked to register to continue watching. During the registration, victims need to enter their credit card information for the film to keep playing.
Of course, it’s all an elaborate scam which gives hackers access to the victim’s cash and the remainder of the movie never plays.
Speaking about the new scam, Tatyana Shcherbakova, security expert at Kaspersky, said: “Various sources of entertainment, including movies, have always been an attractive lure for cybercriminals to spread threats and phishing pages. With the premieres of new films and TV series moving online, this has fueled interest not only for cinephiles but also among scammers and fraudsters. Inevitably, such a long-awaited premiere as ‘No Time to Die’ causes a stir.
“The audience is in a hurry to see the movie, causing them to forget about internet security. Users should be alert to the pages they visit, not download files from unverified sites and be careful with who they share personal information.”