Attackers are using the excitement over the new Spider-Man movie to steal bank information and spread malware.
Friday’s release of Spider-Man: No Way Home is the first post-pandemic premiere to really have all the Hollywood blockbuster accessories: superheroes, Zendaya, a healthy dose of comic book nostalgia — even its own phishing scam.
Researchers at Kaspersky warned that the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home is being used by cybercriminals to spread malware and steal banking information.
“Fans’ expectations are through the roof right now, arguably higher than for any film,” Kaspersky’s Tatyana Shcherbakova explained in a statement. “Everyone who has ever been a fan of Spidey has their own theories about the films, which can be exploited by cybercriminals.”
It’s hardcore Spider-Man fans, desperate to the first to see the movie or get inside information about it, who are prime targets for fake promises of an early look at the film or offers to sign up for other access to the superhero’s universe, Kaspersky’s researchers warned. Kaspersky said some of the Spider-Man phishing sites use fan art of the film’s stars to try and catch the attention of the most frenzied followers of the franchise: