The success of The Last of Us in HBO Max has led users to want to delve into the story and look for the original video game, on which the series is based, to live the experience of Ellie Y joel first hand. However, criminals are taking advantage of this situation to spread malware.
Cybersecurity experts from Kaspersky discovered this scam and launched the alert as it is an attack that seeks to steal personal data, hiding the virus in a file that promises the video game developed by Naughty Dog.
But in this deception there are several points to take into account so as not to fall and suffer an attack in the midst of the effervescence that the franchise is generating, which recently confirmed the production of its second season for the streaming platform.
Cyber attack using The Last of Us
Two modalities were discovered by the researchers. The first is a series of pages that offer a version of the game for computers, downloading a file for free.
Here it must be taken into account that The Last of Us It’s exclusive to PlayStation consoles, for now, and while its sequel was announced for PC, it still doesn’t have a release date.
The other case is a phishing website that offers an activation code for the game, in this case the gift is access to the title and also the promise of receiving a new one. playstation 5 or a gift card Roblox for 100 dollars.
To carry out the scam, the page asks users to enter their access information and credit card, since they need to pay an alleged commission fee, but in reality it is a way to obtain this information to later steal money from the bank accounts.
Despite the fact that at this moment they are talking about the series they star in Peter Pascal Y Bella Ramseycybercriminals attack those interested in enjoying the video game, since there are many references to it in the production.
“Interestingly, instead of offering early access to the series, cybercriminals have chosen a different path and are distributing files to players. This shows that gamers, especially new ones who don’t know enough about cybersecurity yet, are among the main target audience for cybercriminals,” he said. Olga Svistunova, Kaspersky security expert.
The researchers’ recommendation is that to purchase a game the best option is to go to the official stores of each platform, which in this case for PC players are Steam Y Epic Gamesfor example.
In addition, they warn that people who download video files should verify that the content does not end in .exe or .msi, because these are files that install programs and it would be a potentially dangerous situation. That is why it is better to choose to view the content directly from the official application.
The Last of Us breaks records
The series is based on the video game released in 2013 for Playstation 3 It is generating a lot of expectation in the fans. With just two chapters, it has already become one of the most successful HBO Max productions in its history.
The second chapter exceeded the audience of the first by 22%, which had already been a record. According to the platform’s data, the first episode had an audience of 4.7 million viewers at its premiere, while the second got 5.7 million.
“It is the largest audience growth in week 2 for an HBO original drama series in the history of the platform,” they mentioned from the streaming application.