Netflix Membership Piracy Scam Tricks Users into Installing Ransomware
Computer criminals are luring in users with a Netflix membership account piracy scam and tricking them into installing ransomware.
The scam starts when a Windows/PC user downloads what they believe is a Netflix login generator. These types of tools are usually available on websites that host cracked applications and offer access to premium web services. Login generators enable users to gain access to someone else’s account. With a Netflix login generator, users can therefore view Netflix content for free in violation of the service’s terms and conditions.
There’s just one problem for would-be Netflix pirates. This login generator is a fake.
It’s a disguise for a ransomware called RANSOM_NETIX.A.
Trend Micro’s researchers explain in a blog post:
“The ransomware starts as an executable (Netflix Login Generator v1.1.exe) that drops another copy of itself (netprotocol.exe) and then executed afterwards. Clicking the “Generate Login” button leads to another prompt window that purportedly has the login information of a genuine Netflix account. RANSOM_NETIX.A uses these fake prompts/windows as distraction while it performs its encryption routine on 39 file types under the C:\Users directory.”
The ransomware uses the AES-256 standard for its encryption routine. Once it’s done, it displays its ransom note as the infected system’s desktop wallpaper. The message instructs the victim to open a file called “Instructions.txt.”
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