OnlyFans USERS are being targeted by cybercriminals as part of a new malware campaign aiming to take over smartphones and PCs.
OnlyFans is an adult content subscription platform that gives paying users access to private photos, videos and posts from models, celebrities and social media personalities.
However, according to a new study by cybersecurity company eSentire, scammers are trying to take advantage of cheeky OnlyFans users who are trying to browse a web browser for free images.
The campaign, which experts say launched in January 2023, attempts to trick people into clicking what they believe to be a premium OnlyFans image and video collection.
Instead, however, it is a zip file containing a remote access trojan called “DcRAT”.
Remote access malware essentially gives criminals a key to any device they download, be it your iPhone, Android or your computer.
This malware allows cybercriminals to install ransomware and gain access to webcams, documents, text, images, and login credentials in one fell swoop.
The stolen personal information is often resold to other hackers on the dark web.
“File naming conventions suggest that the victims were lured with offensive photos or OnlyFans content of various adult film actresses,” experts write in their report.
The researchers could not find out how the zip file was delivered to the victims.
However, due to the nature of the content, it will be more difficult for experts to figure out since victims will be reluctant to report such incidents.
“Using bait related to adult content reduces the likelihood of victims self-reporting,” experts noted, which is one of the reasons for the campaign’s success.
“Public samples related to the above activity are from January 2023 and show no significant changes.”
“This suggests that the operators…have likely had some success over this six-month period.”
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