Cryptocurrency malware was found in a torrent download of the new Marvel movie Spider-Man: No Way Home, a cybersecurity firm warned. “This [crypto] Miner adds exclusions to Windows Defender, creates persistence and creates a watchdog process to keep it active, ”the company stated.
Be careful when downloading Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie from a torrent website
The cybersecurity company Reasonlabs warned On Thursday, cryptocurrency malware was found in a torrent download of the new Marvel hit movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.
Reasonlabs, which provides enterprise-class cyber protection to users around the world, stated, “To attract as many victims as possible, attackers need to stay abreast of trending topics.”
In this case, we are dealing with someone who has placed a Monero miner in a torrent download of the apparently new movie Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spider-Man by Sony / Marvel: No Way Home has cracked the $ 1 billion mark at the box office, making it the top-grossing film of 2021. The third installment of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man series, No Way Home, is the first film to be released during the Covid-19 pandemic to hit $ 1 billion.
Reasonlabs stated, “The file identifies itself as ‘spiderman_net_putidomoi.torrent.exe’, which translates from Russian for ‘spiderman_no_wayhome.torrent.exe’.” The company believes the file is most likely from a Russian torrenting website.
According to the company:
This miner adds exclusions to Windows Defender, creates persistence and creates a watchdog process to keep its activity going.
“The malware tries to avoid eyes by using“ legitimate ”names for the files and processes it creates. for example, it claims to be from Google and puts files with names like sihost64.exe and injects into svchost.exe, ”Reasonlabs said.
The cybersecurity firm has advised that a simple precaution is to always double-check that the extension of the downloaded file matches the file extension that is being downloaded. For example, a movie file should end with “.mp4” and not “.exe”. The company added, “To make sure you see the real file extension, open a folder, go to ‘View’ and enable ‘Filename Extensions’. This will ensure that you see the full file type. ”You can find the full analysis of this malware here.
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Source: Crypto News Austria