Are your spider senses tingling? If you’ve been looking to download ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’, the latest movie in the franchise, as a torrent file, your fraud senses should be setting off alarm bells.

With many cinema goers still unable to attend physical cinemas due to lockdown restrictions, fans of Spiderman have been keen to get their hands on the movie elsewhere. As such hackers have cunningly disguised cryptocurrency malware in the guise of the latest Spiderman movie.

The movie is offered as a ‘leaked’ file download for fans and has apparently been a popular download.
  • When a user downloads the file, the malware code adds exclusions to Windows Defender to stop you from tracking its actions and to protect the malware against detection.
  • The aim of the malware is to mine a cryptocurrency called Monero, one of the more untraceable and anonymous cryptocurrencies used frequently in the dark web.
The malware infected file has been identified as: ‘spiderman_net_putidomoi.torrent.exe.’ However, the name may well have changed by now.

This specific cryptocurrency mining malware has been around in a number of different forms already, previously circulating as apps like Discord and Windows Updater.

While most people are aware of the threats associated with unknown files, criminals are adept at making their downloads look legitimate and hanging them on topical or popular subjects in order to fool people, hence the lure of ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’.
  • Crypto mining malware hidden in files has grown increasingly popular in recent years, because it offers easy access to money for hackers.
  • It is typically a stealthy malware that steals the processing power on computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices connected to the internet, to mine for crypto currencies.
  • Crypto mining is a process in which a machine performs certain tasks to obtain crypto currency which can then be converted to money or used to buy things.
  • If the malware infects hundreds of thousands of machines, or even millions, it can provide high returns for cyber criminals while all the time using the processing power of the computers it has affected.
Users infected with the malware may not immediately notice any change to their computer. However, as it draws on your processing power, you may begin to see a reduction in speed, and problems with your overall computer functionality.

Additionally, it could also eventually show up in the electricity bill too if you have lots of devices and they have all been infected.