Dozens of malware-infested 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' download 'campaigns' are...

Polycount

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In context: Whenever a highly-anticipated show or movie releases or even nears a release, the pirates come out in force. Thousands of people begin looking for ways to watch the latest content online for free, and shady individuals are always quick to capitalize on the trend. We saw that last year when we reported that 17 percent of the Internet's malware-infested show downloads related to Game of Thrones.

The show was incredibly popular, and scammers took the opportunity to spread viruses and other dangerous software alongside fake or even real video files.

Now, it seems, scammers are utilizing these tactics again. Following the launch of Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film, it seems quite a few internet users have fallen victim to "Star Wars-themed malware attacks." Kaspersky Lab has reportedly cataloged a whopping 285,103 of these attacks in 2019.

That's a startling number by itself, but more recently, the company reportedly discovered 65 malware "campaigns" across "more than 30" sites and social media accounts. All of these campaigns were designed to target individuals looking to download the latest Star Wars film for free. For more tech-savvy users, most of these campaigns are obviously suspicious, and quite simple to avoid.

However, for those with less experience on the web, it can be easy to take these too-good-to-be-true offers at face value. Many of us probably know a cousin, aunt, uncle, or grandparent that always seems to fall victim to these sorts of traps.

The number of false Star Wars download campaigns is probably only going to increase over the coming weeks, so we advise our readers to stay vigilant and simply see the film in theaters if they possess the means to do so. Alternatively, wait for it to hit official streaming or download platforms, like Amazon, Disney+, or others.

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Evernessince

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I don't buy for a second that neither twitter nor disney can do nothing to stop the spread of these malicious files. I would not be surprised if Disney paid for these in the first place. After all it pushes people away from piracy in general and onto their paid platform. Twitter seems to be complicit as well. The example given in the article is clearly violation of IP that should be easy to flag with auto-moderation and then judged by a human. I have to assume that twitter is completely incompetent or willingly complicit.
 

Aus spot

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What a helpful article. Sounds like disney paid for it. No details what so ever. Lets scare everyone into paying disney.

If this was a cpu review it would state amd was the winner without naming which chip, any comparisons, or what it was compared against.
 

veLa

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Don't worry, about it! Just use a container / virtualization if you're going to be a pirate.
 

captaincranky

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I don't buy for a second that neither twitter nor disney can do nothing to stop the spread of these malicious files. I would not be surprised if Disney paid for these in the first place. After all it pushes people away from piracy in general and onto their paid platform. Twitter seems to be complicit as well. The example given in the article is clearly violation of IP that should be easy to flag with auto-moderation and then judged by a human. I have to assume that twitter is completely incompetent or willingly complicit....[ ]...

Always remember, it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you! ;)
 

dualkelly

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No surprise it really was crappy movie all around. The dialog should be featured in are you smarter than a second-grader. Plot holes bigger than mars. I wish I could get my money back. I am sure Disney will be begging people to download this crap.
 

Lionvibez

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No surprise it really was crappy movie all around. The dialog should be featured in are you smarter than a second-grader. Plot holes bigger than mars. I wish I could get my money back. I am sure Disney will be begging people to download this crap.

You paid to see that?

The Force awaken's was a download for me because I didn't trust disney then

The last Jedi I got free tickets to that was the only way I was going to watch it and it was terrible.

And this one I don't even think I will download it.

Star wars died for me when Disney took over. RIP she had a good run as the first 6 movies I enjoyed.

The Fan made stuff on youtube is better than anything disney has put out.

The only show I can watch is the Mandalorian.

Make these two with bigger budgets.