Cybersecurity experts recently discovered a targeted phishing email campaign that spreads malware by promising "Game of Thrones" spoilers.
The phishing email's subject line read: "Wanna see the Game of Thrones in advance?" The email, which contained general information about upcoming episodes, also included a Microsoft Word attachment that claimed to be a "Game of Thrones" preview. In reality, the attachment contained malware. If an unsuspecting user downloaded the attachment, it would attempt to install a "9002" remote access Trojan (RAT).
Cybersecurity experts say the Chinese government could be behind this malware attack.
HBO experienced a data breach in July in which hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data, including unaired episodes. Experts do not know if these two attacks are related, but they do believe hackers are trying to capitalize on the HBO data theft to make victims think that the attachment contains the stolen unaired footage. Andrew Liptak "Hackers are using the promise of Game of Thrones spoilers to spread malware," www.theverge.com (Aug. 26, 2017).