When you think about The Mandalorian, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Surely that it’s a story about parental love and overcoming adversities to continue living. So it is a positive message that everyone should be listening to. However, Kaspersky (yes the Russian antivirus company) has said that the Disney+ show is used frequently by cybercriminals for nefarious purposes.
The antivirus firm detailed that cyber criminals are using the Disney+ show for tricking unsuspecting people into downloading and installing malware. Apart from this, they also use links to the show for luring people to various phishing websites.
Kaspersky observed that out of all the acclaimed streaming tv shows and movies that were put forward for awards consideration, The Mandalorian got 68% of total malware-infection attempts in the very first three weeks of this January 2021. The firm observed that snagging the not-really-coveted second and third spots were The Queen’s Gambit and Ozark with 11% and 6% respectively.
However, thankfully this dangerous streak has fallen off a lot in February. It was reported that the previous month saw The Mandalorian drop to about half at 33%. But The Queen’s Gambit did rise to 19%. Ozark couldn’t hold on to its third spot and it got usurped by Palm Springs, a time-loop comedy of Andy Samberg. Palm Springs links were used 14% for phishing related practises.
But this doesn’t mean that no other shows were used for phishing. The antivirus site found that cyber criminals were scamming people by offering upstreams as well as downloads of the Promising Young Woman comedy-drama. Kaspersky said that such streams don’t really offer real streaming links. Instead, they just try to steal credit cards and passwords.
Do note that these scams only happened on dodgy websites where the content was free to watch. Sure, we can tell you to just get that Netflix or Disney+ subscription, but you have heard that a thousand times already. Instead, we will tell you to choose your pirated site carefully. After all, there are a lot of lesser-known sites just waiting to snoop into your personal and banking information.
However, you might not know which site is safe and not-so-safe. That’s why you should install antivirus products on your Mac or PC. This will catch any dodgy files that might come through your stream. Make sure that you install the antivirus before going into any site or downloading anything.
Also, note that you should check the file-extension every time you download a video. Kaspersky says that video files don’t have .msi or .exe extensions ever. We will end by saying that if this feels too much of a hassle to you then just get the subscription to any streaming site. It will make life a lot easier for you and you will be able to watch your favourite show in peace.