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New Malware Campaign Grips Netflix Subscribers

Subscribing to Netflix cable costs only $9.99 per month. Even then i.e. at such a low price, some people would rather violate the law and make a further low payment to avail their accounts on Netflix.

Netflix users, says Symantec, are being attacked with one fresh malware scheme which touts a more inexpensive technique for obtaining access to films on Netflix and watching them on the cable. Softpedia posted this, February 11, 2016.

And unlike most malware campaigns, the latest one does not involve spam mails, instead it projects advertisements which divert interested end-users onto one direct download site that delivers malevolent content to victims who themselves download it. The malevolent content is the Infostealer.Banload family of malware, popular banker Trojan which captures credentials to access accounts on different banking websites. It was during October 2015 that the Trojan was first detected and now it's being used for targeting Netflix subscribers chiefly within Brazil.

In the process, as soon as the attacker becomes equipped with the credentials and able to access the associated account, he advertises its sale on the illegal trading forum, but with certain limitations like the buyer mustn't alter the password alternatively other details related to the account. This restriction is to not let the real account-owner become suspicious and spoil the crook's ploy.

Netflix subscribers shouldn't just be wary of infected Netflix apps, for Symantec further cautions them of Netflix phishing assaults. Near about January 21, the latest from the said phishing assaults targeted users of Netflix Denmark that told victims for accessing a fake Netflix site and substantiating their identity as well as resolving a supposed problem in their last subscription amount. Quintessentially, in addition to potentially losing their account details on Netflix, victims of the phishing scam also lose other private info like credit card details that the crooks could subsequently utilize for making fraudulent purchases.

Worryingly, perpetrators of the above phishing sites are really enabling others towards reaching hacked accounts thus contaminating them with malware incase directed to load a customized application for availing the campaign's service, besides making them unwitting sponsors of some criminal gang.

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