The Kashmir Files movie is all the rage right now. Based on the exodus of Kashmiri pundits from the valley in the 1990s, the film is the center of attraction, so much so that everyone is trying to cash in on the popularity. Cybercriminals are also on the prowl, targeting people looking for links to download The Kashmir Files for free. Now Noida Police Additional Assistant Commissioner Ranvijay Singh has warned mobile users against WhatsApp fraud involving malicious links to download the movie, The Kashmir Files.
Singh told The Times of India that police have registered fraud complaints in which users clicked on certain download links for the movie, The Kashmir Files, since they received them on WhatsApp from contacts. of confidence. But as soon as they opened these links, the hackers apparently gained access to information on users’ phones and are able to steal confidential details, such as bank account numbers.
“The movie came out recently and it got a lot of interest. Taking advantage of the situation, the cyber crooks started sending links on WhatsApp to download the movie for free. Once the person clicks on the link, it allows the fraudsters to access information on user’s phone and easily steal confidential details including bank account information,” Singh said in the report.
How The Kashmir Files WhatsApp Fraud Works
According to Singh, the hackers generated several fraudulent links which are now circulating on WhatsApp. The link convinces the users to click on it if they want to download The Kashmir Files movie in high quality for free. Since the movie is popular right now and piracy is still rampant in India today, users fall into the trap. The moment they open the link on their phone’s browser, the hackers immediately inject malware into the phone. While the nature and type of this malware is unclear, police say it steals confidential information, including bank account numbers, to perform fraudulent transactions.
According to Singh, at least three victims registered their complaint at a single police station within 24 hours, reporting a cyber fraud in which they lost a combined amount of Rs 30 lakh.
If you want to watch The Kashmir Files or any other movie, you better go to the cinema. Hacking can be lucrative, but it’s also a gateway to several threats. With the advances in cybercrime, it has become increasingly difficult to detect when someone is hijacking your confidential data and using it illegally. These malware attacks are mostly about money, but sometimes your identity can also be misused. Noida Police’s additional DCP has thus warned users against such bogus links that you might as well come from a trusted source on WhatsApp.