It may come as no surprise that cyber criminals are trying to cash in during the current crisis and it seems those using torrents sites are an easy target. Explaining more, Tanmay Ganacharya, director of security research of Microsoft Threat Protection told Cyberscoop: “Lots of people are stuck at home looking to fill time, and not everyone is going to watch only what’s available through [streaming] services.”
Adding: “Attackers use some popular movies as lures. And then they ensure that their malicious payload is part of the overall packages that a user ends up downloading.”
According to Microsoft’s latest findings, John Wick 3 and Contagion are some of the most popular movies being downloaded by users. And it is these popular Hollywood blockbusters that are being targeted.
As confirmed by Cyberscoop, typical attacks begin with criminals disguising a malicious file in the same .zip folder that includes a movie torrent. When an unsuspecting victim happens to open the .zip file saved from a piracy site, they also trigger a malicious text file. This then sets about trying to infect dangerous code into the machine’s memory.