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Kaspersky Lab Has Detected Attempts To Distribute Malware Under The Guise Of Netflix Series

Kaspersky Lab Has Detected Attempts To Distribute Malware Under The Guise Of Netflix Series

Kaspersky Lab has recorded more than 22 thousand attempts to infect computers and gadgets with malicious files with a mention in the name of a streaming service for watching Netflix series. The creators of viral SOFTWARE fake it for other popular services in Russia — Kinopoisk HD, Okko, and IVI. The monitoring was conducted from January 2019 to April 2020.

"Hackers add the names of popular shows to advertising and malware, and use them to conduct phishing attacks," the company said in a statement. Most often, the series such as "Stranger Things," "The Witcher," "Sex Education," "Orange Is the New Black," etc., were used as bait.

Among the files found were "Trojans" that allow you to delete or block data, as well as spyware that can be used to steal user photos and passwords from online banking. Kaspersky Lab recommends that users access streaming resources only through official websites or apps, do not download files from unofficial resources, and install reliable antivirus protection on their gadgets.

According to Group-IB, a company specializing in information security, Russia, in 2019, surpassed the United States in the placement of phishing resources and took first place in the world. According to Positive Technologies, in 2020, there is an increase in the number of cyberattacks, which experts attribute to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus: the mass transition to remote work creates fertile ground for phishing attacks and social engineering.

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