If you get an email with the subject line, “Wanna see Game of Thrones in advance?”, then you need to exercise caution as it could be a malware attack according to latest reports.
After hackers stole 1.5 TB of data from HBO’ servers, a malware attack related to it has been doing the rounds of cyberspace. The email targets unsuspecting users to install a remote access which goes by the name of Trojan (RAT) 9002.
Cyber security company, received one such email asking, “Wanna see the Game of Thrones in advance?” The email lures the user to see the show in advance and in return asks money for every episode. Moreover, it has a Word document attached to it and contains preview-like details of the upcoming episodes as well as malware hidden in it.
After downloading the document, it prompts the user to install the 9002 remote access Trojan (RAT), an oft used, state sponsored actor, according to proofpoint. Downloading it releases the malware in the user’s computer.
The Game of Thrones Season 7 which was released in July this year, faced a series of leaks. Considering the interest levels of the series, it is not surprising that malware makers might be using it as a bait to lure in their victims.