MALWARE - Emma Watson 'Private Video' Facebook Message
OutlineA message being posted on Facebook invites users to click a link to view a salacious leaked video depicting Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.
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Brief AnalysisThe 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.
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Facebook Post Promises Leaked Emma Watson Video
Video Does Not Exist - Malware Attack
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 But, the fake video shows an error message claiming that the video player is outdated and users must therefore download and install an update before they can view the footage.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.
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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
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.
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Last updated: October 12, 2014
First published: October 12, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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