Malware instead of The Interview Movie Added: Friday, January 16th, 2015
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Sony’s controversial movie The Interview has already earned $18 million even despite being banned to show in cinemas. However, it turned out that if you try to download a pirated version of the movie, you run the risk to catch some mobile malware instead.
The Interview is the film that satirized the North Korean regime and became the reason for the recent cyber attack on Sony. Of course, this movie elicits lots of interest in South Korea. One of the local Android smartphone apps offers access to a pirated download of the movie, but the security researchers warn that it’s actually stealing people’s banking details instead.
The “download” of the movie contains an Android Trojan, which installs a two-stage banking Trojan onto mobile devices. The security researchers pointed out that the banking Trojan, which is hosted on Amazon Web Services, targets customers of some Korean banks and an international Citi Bank. Apparently, the malicious application transmits banking information from infected devices back to a Chinese mail server, and at least 20,000 devices have already downloaded it.
However, Amazon has denied that the Trojan was hosted on its cloud service, claiming that the company has a clear acceptable use policy. In other words, whenever Amazon has received a complaint of misuse of the services, it has moved swiftly to strictly enforce it. The company claimed that the activity being reported was not running on Amazon Web Services.
The inability for users to watch the movie legitimately has led people all over the world to turn to piracy. The statistics say that at least 200,000 people downloaded the movie from torrent trackers in 24 hours after it was released on YouTube, Google Play and Xbox Live in the United States.
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Friday, January 16th, 2015
|Ah .. same old scare tactic to get people to not download the movie. since Sony lied about the threats etc in the first place to build up the movie rep , do not believe the hype!|
|posted by (2015-01-16 07:48:29)|
|thanks for the news ozi!|
|posted by (2015-01-16 08:49:45)|
|thnx for the news about trojan...|
|Most links opened with an Andorid device on ExtraTorrent send you to sites that try & install malware on your device. Why is it only "news" with this film?|
|any torrent can contain a virus or malware you should at least scan your downloads with your antivirus and dont download rar and similar compressed files,but thats just my opinion|
|This is news but the countless popups on Extratorrent trying to install malware and trojans somehow goes unnoticed?|
|posted by (2015-01-17 00:12:14)|
|That's what you get for using a MOBILE device to download torrents.|
You should only do THAT from a PC, and if you're NOT using Firefox/Waterfox with AdBlockPlus and NoScript installed you deserve anything that happens to you!
And as xxxskfxxx says, if you don't virus scan your downloads, and download compressed files from an untrusted source, then you don't deserve to even OWN a computer. (And you won't for long, as malware, trojans and viruses will rapidly turn it into a doorstop.)
|posted by (2015-01-17 04:27:34)|
|You can get a troj from anywhere, it can even be in a .nfo file (I have seen it) meaning the movie may be fine but the .nfo may be infected. Also some bad peers use range scanners or selectively target to install malw/troj/vir to ppl that download torrent files off some sites. I witnessed this in the past with almost every torrent where you download the file and then the actual file not just the .torrent file on win vista. Of course if you have good programs to detect and remove this, it doesn't matter much. Also popups have malw,troj,vir sometimes even on legit sites. I can not see any advantage besides maybe mobility for downloading torrents(the .torrent file and then the actual file you are looking for on a phone. Lets see: small screen, can't be too loud, small text, why in the heck would you want to watch a video on a say 3-8 inch screen verses a tv or a computer screen or a projector? Watching movies on your phone is like going back in time if you ask me where they had 6-8 inch televisions lol.|
|posted by (2015-01-17 23:49:52)|
|the best thing a person can do is reset the ios on their I phone and restore the android phone to factory setting|
|I have been downloading for about 13 years. Way over 20 terabytes of movies and games. The only time a virus was in a movie was when a movie file had an .exe extension. the accepted standard has always been compressing the movies with RAR as it transfers quicker and harder to pinpoint the uploader/s . Watching movies on a HTC 1 Max I have is for trips or last resort only. It is HD and very watchable but small. I have NEVER got a virus from a private torrent site . NEVER. Only the public sites and the badly managed ones. It is just a fluff piece to take the focus of Sony and their usual shenanigans. (root kits on cd's anyone?.|
|@#8 xios - Because everyone thinks it's cool watching movies|
on small mobile devices, mainly the Apple fans. I'm still trying
to figure out how people play games on small touch screen
mobile devices, lol.
|I am a total noob at this kind of stuff. My only opinion is that I didn't think that the movie was that good anyway. Maybe Sony knew that too and needed the hype to recoup any potential loss.|
I do see where Kim would become pretty darn upset. Especially in the eyes of his Subjects.
|I have never liked james franco oddly this is the only movie I thought he was actually funny in ..not because of the content matter he just played a great idiot ..reminded me of Charlie day from sunny in philly a little ..as for all the publicity this movie has gotten its just that publicity ..if you stop feeding an animal it will eventually die ..that goes for everything!||
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