Russians are being attacked with fake Netflix series

Many streaming services, such as Netflix, have recently closed in Russia. As a result, the popularity of pirated resources skyrocketed. This has spawned a surge in attacks, with hackers disguising malware as content from Netflix and other streaming services.

This was reported by the publication “Izvestia” with reference to the statistics of Similarweb. According to the source, the popularity of torrent trackers and pirate resources in the last month soared by 32% – from 50.7 to 67.1 million people.

For example, the audience of grew from 36 million to 50 million, from 9 million to 11 million, from 5.7 million to 6.1 million (+8.1%).

Security experts warn users that this situation carries additional risks. Vladimir Kalugin, Chief Operating Officer of Digital Risk Protection Group-IB, said:

Downloading files from unverified and unofficial sources, including using the BitTorrent protocol (designed to share files between users), carries an increased risk of malware infecting the device.”

Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity expert Dmitry Galov confirmed that Fraudsters actively distribute malicious files on such resources, for example, under the guise of movies, TV shows or apps.

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