In what seems like an almost never ending saga, 2015 kicks off with a story about The Interview, the hugely controversial movie which pretty much dominated the headlines in the final months of 2014.
The latest news is that a malicious Android app, which promises users a free download of the movie, is actually an Android Trojan that is stealing bank details and other important data from smartphones, according to researchers from McAfee and the Centre of Advanced Security Research.
Speaking of the The Interview Android app, security expert Graham Cluley, an independent security expert who works with McAfee, wrote in his blog: “It contains an Android Trojan detected by McAfee products as Android/Badaccents. Android/Badaccents claims to download a copy of The Interview but instead installs a two-stage banking Trojan onto victims’ devices.”
Cluley goes onto say that The Interview Android app has already been downloaded more than 20,000 times and “targets customers of a number of Korean banks, as well as one international bank (Citi Bank).”
According to Cluley, The Interview Android app is then transmitting banking data collected from infected devices back to a mail server in China.
Earlier this week, The Interview movie was finally shown in a number of independent cinemas in the U.S and Canada and also made available online after a number of threats of 9/11 style attacks on any cinemas showing the film were made by who the FBI believe to be North Korean hackers responsible for the recent cyber attack on Sony.
Just four days after its release, The Interview grossed more than $15 million and had been legally downloaded more than two million times, making Sony’s most downloaded film of all time.
However, the the initial US only distribution of The Interview has resulted in people located outside of the United States to look elsewhere in order to watch the movie.
The popular files sharing and torrent news site TorrentFreak reports that 200,000 people downloaded the movie illegally from torrent sites within hours of its official online release via Google Play, YouTube and XBox Live.
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