A scene from The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.
The Interview, a highly controversial movie that was pulled from major cinemas and distributed mostly online (and only in the U.S.), sounds like a dream come true for scammers.
It is no wonder, then, that a fake Android app has been making the rounds in South Korea, promising to download a copy of the movie but actually stealing users' bank account details instead.
McAfee's security researcher Graham Cluley shared the details about the app in a blog post Saturday. The fake app is really an Android trojan identified by McAfee as Android/Badaccents, which targets customers of several Korean banks and one international bank (Citibank).
Interestingly enough, the trojan is specifically programmed not to target North Korean users.
According to Cluley, some 20,000 devices have been infected to date.
The Interview, a Sony Pictures comedy about an assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been pulled from major cinemas after a devastating hack attack on Sony, as well as the hackers' threat of a 9/11-type event for moviegoers who choose to see the premiere.
The movie has raked in $15 million from online distribution in the first couple of days since its release, but it has also been a huge hit on torrent sites.
Tags: ANDROID, APPS AND SOFTWARE, FILM, MALWARE, SOUTH KOREA, Tech, THE INTERVIEW, TROJAN