One study performed by ReasonLabs, a cybersecurity company, has identified pirated copies of the Spider-Man movie that contain malware that mines cryptocurrencies using the victim’s computer.
More specifically, the company details that the mined currency is Monero (XMR), famous both for its privacy and also for the numerous cases of illegal use to mine it. One of the reasons for this choice by hackers is the profitability of mining this currency that is not mined by ASICs such as Bitcoin.
Having said that, it is good to remember the importance of keeping your equipment secure, especially if you use it to store and transact with cryptocurrencies. After all, with cryptocurrencies, you are now responsible for the security of your funds.
Piracy is still active
Although the arrival of streaming movies and series services, such as Netflix and Prime Video, have helped to reduce piracy of this content, the great fragmentation of the sector is causing some users to return to piracy.
This fragmentation can be seen even in movies from the Spider-Man franchise. Four of them are available on Netflix, two of them on HBO Max and another two on Prime Video. Making it expensive to subscribe to all these services.
The last one, “Spider-Man: Sem Volta Para Casa”, is not yet available in any of them, only in the movies. Added to the above problem, the fear of Covid-19 is also one of the reasons for the search for pirated movies, generating another problem, this time digital.
Pirate movie malware mines cryptocurrency
Due to the possible profitability of such attacks, they are becoming more common. A good example is the pirated Windows activator that contains malware that has access to sensitive data from cryptocurrencies.
In addition to the theft case mentioned above, hackers are now also taking advantage of users’ lack of care to use their computers to mine cryptocurrencies, as in the case of the last Spider-Man movie.
Although it seems harmless, this malware will make the computer slow down, as it will be using the processor to mine, as well as it will waste electricity and also wear out the processor due to high usage and temperature.
The team responsible for the study urged users to take extra care when downloading content from any type of unofficial source, such as e-mails or cracked programs, putting even the famous torrents under suspicion.
“An easy precaution you can take is always to check that the file extension matches the file you are expecting, for example, in this case a movie file should end with “.mp4”, not “.exe”. “