Malware to target Harry Potter fans

Can’t wait to see “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”? Thinking about downloading a pirated copy? Think again, as it could contain malware.

Cybercriminals are pushing “blackhat” search engine optimization tactics to target the most popular file sharing and P2P networks, pursuing those interested in upcoming movie releases and in particular taking advantage of the sizeable Harry Potter fan base wanting to download the movie in advance of its screening.

Fans are baited with text like: ‘Watch “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” online free’. What appears to be a legitimate looking website then redirects you to a video offer which prompts you to download and install the additional “streamviewer”. The streamviewer, however, is installing malware. Suddenly, missing out on a sneak peek is the least of your worries!

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“Harry Potter” and “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” are registered trade marks of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in Australia and/or other countries.

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