Published on April 17th, 2019 | by admin
Cybercriminals targeting unsuspecting Game of Thrones fans through phishing scams
Check Point Researchers have discovered cybercriminals are now targeting unsuspecting Game of Thrones fans with malware and phishing scams through fraudulent websites.
Using official GoT branding to deceive enthusiasts and with a staggering 17.4 million viewers tuning into the Season 8 premier; the latest series of malicious activity allow cybercriminals to easily collect a substantial amount of emails and mobile phone numbers.
Attackers have created fake websites posing as legitimate competition for fans to win special GoT merchandise as prizes. However, in reality, there is no such prize and the information collected can be used for future spamming campaigns.
Check Point Researchers also found fake GoT merchandise stores aimed to mislead fans into sharing their credit card details in return for memorabilia.
When comparing the legitimate websites to fraudulent ones, the genuine websites included fan pages, online games or links to small shopping sites to grow their community or increase customer traffic. The fake websites, exploited the popularity of the brand to display ads, acquire personal information or convince the user to install unsolicited programs.
Check Point cyber security experts advise Australians to think before they click and to pay closer attention to web URLs in order to avoid phishing scams.
To see the full list of fraudulent GoT sites discovered by Check Point or for more information, please visit: https://blog.checkpoint.com/2019/04/16/game-of-thrones-phishing-scams-and-how-to-avoid-them/