March 27, 2024

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the hype surrounding the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home to phish for credit card data. Here’s how.


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December 2021 marked an exciting time for Marvel fans and movie buffs with the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

While the movie made a record-breaking debut, it also brought a dark twist for its die-hard fans, as cybercriminals started exploiting the hype around Spider-Man to scam them.

It’s no secret that cybercriminals are always on the lookout for blockbuster releases to bait innocent fans. So how were the fans scammed with the release of No Way Home? And how can you stay safe from such scams?

How Cybercriminals Preyed on the New Spider-Man Movie

As reported by The Hindu BusinessLine, the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky observed increased activity before the movie’s premiere and warned that cybercriminals would use this opportunity to carry out online scams.

“With the excitement surrounding the release of the newest Spider-Man film, the inattention of thrilled viewers is being abused by cybercriminals. The premiere of ‘No Way Home’ is no exception but an attractive lure to spread threats and phishing pages.”

Needless to say, on the pretext of the premiere of No Way Home, a vast number of fake pages sprouted online, and emails with phishing links started circulating everywhere.

The main targets were the die-hard Spider-Man fans desperate to get an early sneak peek. When asked to…

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