Fake ‘Web Player’ Diverts onto Sites Designed for Card Theft
According to BitDefender, one fake Internet video player has been spotted known as Web Player, which end-users are getting presented with when they do an online-search with the phrase "media players" on Google.
Investigators at the company said that one of the search results produced a website presenting a video player for Internet-users that in spite of the End-User License Agreement as well as plentiful identification data was actually a malware BitDefender identified as Trojan.FakePlayer.B. The Trojan, when loaded, showed a window on the screen asking the end-user for feeding in a password and e-mail id, apparently required for validation.
Here it can't be said emphatically whether a phishing game is being played as also whether the scammers have saved the data at any place for subsequent utilization. Nevertheless, upon clicking the URL, the victim lands on a website, which touts an Internet movie-player available for free.
The investigators stated that anything the victim entered into the website it got diverted onto an HTML site, which apparently presented a non-chargeable video player that could be used for different classic films as well as fresh releases.
Moreover, during the diversion process, the victim went through many different sites since anti-virus solutions frequently blocked them. However, those sites commonly required end-users towards providing their credit card details as part of registration before watching the films of their choice.
Actually, the scam websites didn't present any kind of legitimate streaming service, while the end-user fed payment card details could get illegally used later on.
The said scam has numerous associated websites, implying that when one is blocked via security software, the remaining can go on functioning without interruption, filching any sensitive detail entered.
Unfortunately, people who've by now got ensnared with the scam have their bank information endangered so they must instantly seek credit-monitoring facilities from their institutions of finance.
However, for remaining safe, computer-operators require installing high-quality AV software having an appropriate firewall as well as always maintaining it up-to-date. Additionally, they mustn't download and execute any software, which emerges from a pop-up suggestion, particularly when they have not hunted for it over the Net.
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