Got ‘free OTT’ subscription offers from popular websites and apps? Accept it on your own peril.

In cunning endeavors to lure and loot people, cybercriminals devised unique ways to target the unaware users. These offers were presented by way of discounted or free access and subscriptions to the well-known websites and apps. The unofficial links were attached to vicious programs like Trojans.

The newest modus operandi being adopted by these cybercriminals is to make fake pages, advertise famous streaming websites that comprise Netflix and Amazon Prime Video amongst others with an aim to gather sensitive information from potential users.

As the top streaming services have become a focal point for distributing malware, stealing passwords, and initiating phishing attacks, the primary focus intents of these cybercriminals are those users who seek to obtain access to these websites via unofficial methods.

The offers have come by the means of discounted or free access and subscriptions to eminent websites and apps. These unofficial links are often attached to malicious programs like Trojans.

In accordance with a latest study by Securelist, India has persistently been amongst the top five countries that are being aimed by such criminals.

As an example, the study had recorded that India formed 4.9 percent of such attacks on threats circulated on behalf of the name Hulu, a streaming website.

Concerning the Netflix counterfeit offers, India was the third most impacted with 7.8 percent of all such attacks and in the case of Amazon Prime Video, it stood second only to the USA with 17.8 percent of all registered attacks.

The study even indicated that: “Germany is Amazon’s largest foreign market, which explains the high number of users that encounter various threats, and India became a major focus for Amazon in 2018,” Disney+, too, which very recently came into existence in the Indian market was targeted here with around 7.7 percent of all such attacks being generated from the subcontinent.

Remembering a very similar experience that he had, Sai Krishna, Global Cybersecurity Forum chairman, said that he once encountered an advertisement on a well known social media platform.

This advertisement used the name and logo of the social media website but upon investigation, he learned that it was counterfeit and was made to swindle money.

“I immediately checked the address of the advertisement and found it to be fake. Cybercriminals run these websites for a few days to collect money and then take the sites down,” Krishna added.

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