Do you love to watch movies but hate to empty your bank account? Sadly, trying to save money in illegal ways can make you encounter a ransomware virus. It seems that lately, cybercriminals have decided to target Netflix users because an increased number of Netflix-themed phishing attacks were spotted. In fact, the latest phishing campaign features legitimate-looking emails that supposedly confirm cancellation of user’s Netflix account. These phishing emails kindly ask the victim to restart the membership. If the user clicks on the malicious button, a link behind it takes the victim to a website that hosts a ransomware.
Speaking of Netflix and malware, we must mention that users should be aware of a scam that is currently making the rounds on the Internet. If you ever come across a website, an email letter, or a person who tells you to install Netflix Login Generator, do not do it! This malicious software easily tricks unsuspecting victims into installing Netflix ransomware on their computers. Once the victim launches this generator, a window called Form1 shows up. The window has NETFLIX logo in the black background and one button (“Generate Login!”) that invites the victim to click on it. If the victim clicks this button, a ransomware gets installed on the system and locks all files on it. Netflix virus then displays a screen called Locked, which says that data on the device has been locked and the victim should follow the instructions to unlock the data. The message commands the victim to open Instructions.txt document, which is saved on the Desktop. This document is nothing else but a ransom note that contains guidelines on how to pay the ransom to cybercriminals in Bitcoins.
This is just another example of a screen-locking ransomware virus, which infiltrates the system in an obfuscated form. Therefore, it is strongly advisable to avoid such vague programs that promise to provide you with free premium accounts, allow you to use paid software for free, and so on. There is a saying: “if an offer seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.” Therefore, remember that software cracks, key generators, or account generators frequently do not work at all and are meant to install malware on the system. However, even if you try to stay away from pirated programs and vague-looking sites and emails, it is still easy to become a victim of a phishing attack because nowadays cybercriminals employ sophisticated techniques to deceive unsuspecting victims – they compose convincing emails and websites just to extract sensitive data from the victim. To protect yourself from phishing attacks and ransomware, it is advisable to install anti-malware software on the system.