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Movie stream ebooks gun for John Wick 3 on Kindle store

Movie stream ebooks gun for John Wick 3 on Kindle storeWe discovered a novel spam campaign over the weekend, targeting fans of John Wick on the Amazon Kindle store. The scam itself involves paying for what appears to be the upcoming third movie, turns into a bogus ebook, and goes on to hyperlink potential victims …

  • 04 Feb 2019
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Movie stream ebooks gun for John Wick 3 on Kindle store
We discovered a novel spam campaign over the weekend, targeting fans of John Wick on the Amazon Kindle store. The scam itself involves paying for what appears to be the upcoming third movie, turns into a bogus ebook, and goes on to hyperlink potential victims to a collection of third-party websites. How does this begin? With a dog, a grieving assassin, and a pencil. Actually, it begins with me hunting for John Wick graphic novels on the Kindle store. What I found isn’t exactly hidden from view—as you can see from the screenshots, the bogus results kick in right under the second genuine entry: ebooks on phone Click to enlarge What are we looking at here? Roughly 40 or more individual items uploaded from around January 25 to February 2, each one from a different “author.” At first glance, you might think you’re looking at movies, thanks to the play button icon on each image preview. The fact that each entry is called something along the lines of “John Wick 3: free movie HD” probably helps, too. ebooks on the store Click to Enlarge All of the items are on sale for a variety of prices including £0.99 each, £9.93, £12.19, and up to an astonishing £15.25 (roughly $20 USD). A few of them are listed as free, and all of them have a preview available. That's an expensive ebook Click to enlarge At this point, someone seeing this may think they’re actually buying a copy of John Wick 3. This is where it gets interesting. This isn’t John Wick 3, is it? Correct, it absolutely is not John Wick 3. What we have here is an incredibly basic ebook with a “play movie” image bolted onto the preview. Opening up the preview gives us a slice of “coming soon” style text for the movie, due out in May. The text reads as follows, and appears to be the same content used in each ebook: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum  When we last observed John Wick, he wasn’t in the best shape as he’d quite recently had a worldwide contract hit put out on him toward the finish of John Wick: Chapter 2.   So most would agree that the third motion picture in the hit activity establishment, driven by Keanu Reeves, won’t be a steady walk around the recreation center. Indeed, even the full title, John Wick:  Chapter 3 – Parabellum, insights at the massacre in store as Reeves clarified recently.   “[It means] get ready for war. It’s a piece of that popular sentence, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum’ which interprets as, ‘On the off chance that you need harmony, get ready for war’,” he laid out. All things considered, Wick said he’d “execute them all” toward the finish of Chapter 2. Looking at the “Click here” text isn’t useful on a mobile device, because in practice I couldn’t get it to recognise my clicks. I also couldn’t figure out what the clickable link was from looking at it on the mobile, either. With that
Source: Malware BytesPublished on 2019-02-04
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