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MALWARE - Emma Watson 'Private Video' Facebook Message


Outline

A message being posted on Facebook invites users to click a link to view a salacious leaked video depicting Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

Emma Watson Private Video Malware
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Brief Analysis

The message is a scam. The promised video does not exist. The link opens a fake YouTube page that supposedly hosts the promised video. However, users are told that they must download an update before they can view the video. Downloading the 'update' will install malware that can steal personal information and hijack Facebook account sessions. The fake page may also trick users into participating in bogus surveys.

Example

Emma Watson leaked video? I waited for this!
Source: [Link removed]

Emma Watson Private Video Malware

Emma Watson Private Video Malware


Detailed Analysis

Facebook Post Promises Leaked Emma Watson Video

A post currently being distributed across Facebook claims that users can click to see a leaked private video of popular UK actress Emma Watson. The post features a teaser image of Watson and implies that clicking a 'play' button on the picture will show salacious footage depicting the young actress.

Video Does Not Exist - Malware Attack

However, thankfully, the promised video does not exist. The message is a scam designed to trick users into installing malware.

Clicking the play button, or a second link in the post, opens a fake YouTube video page that appears to host the Emma Watson video. But, the fake video shows an error message claiming that the video player is outdated and users must therefore download and install an update before they can view the footage.

However, the supposed update contains malware that, once installed, can steal phone numbers and other personal information from the infected computer and subscribe users to expensive SMS phone 'services'.  The malware can also Hijack Facebook sessions thereby giving criminals temporary access to the compromised Facebook account. The hijacked account will likely be used to spam out more of the same Emma Watson video scam messages.

Some versions may also try to trick users into participating in suspect online surveys designed to harvest even more personal information.

Criminals Capitalizing on Nude Celebrity Photo Scandal

The criminals behind this malware campaign are attempting to capitalize on widespread media coverage of 'Celebgate', a recent scandal in which nude images depicting many celebrities were released online by criminal hackers.

Another recent threat to expose nude images also targeted Emma Watson. The leaked image threat turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

Beware of Posts Promising Leaked Celebrity Videos or Images

And, in fact the promise of salacious video or images of young stars has been used repeatedly in recent years as a means of luring people into installing malware, relinquishing control of their Facebook accounts, or participating in survey scams.

The bottom line? Do not click on any links or images that claim that you can access leaked 'adult' videos or images of celebrities. Doing so may well install malware or draw you into other scams.

And, attempting to access such material in the first place unfairly breaches the privacy of the stars involved and is an immoral thing to do.



Emma Watson Private Video Malware

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Last updated: October 12, 2014
First published: October 12, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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