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4/29/2020
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Microsoft Warns of Malware Hidden in Pirated Film Files

An active campaign inserts malicious VBScript into ZIP files posing as downloads for "John Wick 3," "Contagion," and other popular movies.

Microsoft researchers have detected an active malware campaign in which attackers embed a malicious payload into files bundled with pirated movies including "John Wick 3," "Contagion," and other popular films. The threat has reached at least tens of thousands of people in Spain, Mexico, and South America.

Attackers hide a malicious VBScript in the same ZIP folder as a movie download, Microsoft Security Intelligence wrote in a Twitter thread. These ZIP files have names including "contagio-1080p," "John_Wick_3_Parabellum," "Punales_por_la_espalda_BluRay_1080p," as well as Spanish titles like "La_hija_de_un_ladron" and "Lo-dejo-cuando-quiera." When someone clicks on one of these ZIP files, a VBScript is launched that runs a command to download more components, including an AutoIT script. This decodes a second-stage DLL, which aims to inject coin-mining code directly into memory. 

It's unclear who is behind the campaign, which began to appear in bootleg film files on April 11, CyberScoop reports. Microsoft says the use of torrent downloads is consistent with observations that indicate attackers are reusing old techniques to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. With more people staying at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, attackers are using popular movies as bait. It seems the focus here is distribution in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries such as Mexico and Chile; attackers don't seem to be hitting US film pirates with this campaign.

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RyanSepe,
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4/30/2020 | 10:22:08 PM
Re: Pirated Goods are Full of Malware
Most definitely. I think an appropriate notion to this is: Be careful of the treasure you seek for it may be booby-trapped.
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blueboxschematic,
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4/30/2020 | 6:51:13 PM
Pirated Goods are Full of Malware
The uptick in malware present in pirated books is definitely visible.  It's not just movies.  Comparing file sizes on PDFs of titles available from various sources, you can clearly see which ones are bloated, potentially housing malicious code.  It's an interesting social study, the rise of "freed" materials created a culture of sharing, and the opportunity for bad actors to leap in was too good to resist.  The assumption that these pirated goods collectors are "poor" is definitely a false one, so the reward in injecting illegal PDFs and movies could potentially be just as great as targeting high-commerce targets.  Resist the urge to pirate.  Your massive library of "free" books could house a nasty surprise.
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RyanSepe,
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4/30/2020 | 12:39:39 PM
Poor Expectations
Regardless of your stance on pirating media, it is against the law. That being said those that choose to seed movies to others are acting in that manner. So if you download a movie illegally and it turns out that you download a virus by mistake you definitely had it coming. Its basically operating under the assessment of you are expecting an individual who has acted unethically to not act even more unethically.
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