The epic fantasy drama that has captivated viewers with its fictional kingdoms and extraordinary characters is now becoming the favourite name for hackers and scammers alike. Reports suggest that cloaking malware under the Game of Thrones episodes is the latest ploy by hackers to steal data from their target networks. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the ways in which hackers are aiming the fan base of GoT for their advantage. The recent findings of a cyber-security firm, Check Point, sheds light on the scams surrounding Game of Thrones and how to avoid them.
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Below is an image published by the Check Point research team which exposes a website that’s using the official branding of the series and running fake competitions. Visitors of the website are tricked into sharing their personal information as the site promises GoT merchandise to the winners.
With an aim to mislead visitors and collect personal information such as credit card details and mobile numbers, many more fake websites have sprung up over the past few days.
Understanding the threat is very important to avoid being a victim of such scams. While some fake websites focus on collecting personal data to build a potential customer base at a later stage, others plainly mislead their site visitors into spending online. Here are some of the points that will help you stay clear of online scams in the name of Game of Thrones.
Deceptions over the internet are very common these days and the latest of all are these attempts by fraudsters to lead unsuspecting GoT fans into online traps. However, with a little bit of precaution, you can steer clear of such malware attacks. Keep the above-discussed safety rules in mind and you’ll be able to avoid many of the unpleasant surprises that appear online.
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