How the WhatsApp fraud related to The Kashmir Files works
According to Singh, hackers have generated several fraudulent links that are now circulating on WhatsApp. The link convinces users to click it if they want to download The Kashmir Files movie in high quality for free. Given that the movie is popular right now and that piracy is prevalent even today in India, users fall into the trap. The moment they open the link on their phone’s browser, hackers immediately inject malware into the phone. While the nature and kind of this malware are not clear, the police said it steals confidential information, including bank account numbers, to carry out fraudulent transactions.
According to Singh, at least three victims registered their complaint at just one police station within 24 hours, reporting 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, it is better to go to theatres. Piracy may be lucrative, but it is also a gateway to several threats. With advancements in cybercrime, it has become ever so hard to detect when someone is siphoning off your confidential data and using it in an illegal way. These malware attacks are mostly about money, but sometimes your identity could be misused, as well. The additional DCP of Noida Police has, thus, warned users against such phoney links that you may as well have come from a trusted source on WhatsApp.