Scam alert on fake download of Kanye West’s new album ‘Donda’

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Malware illustration.  Photo: Kaspersky


Kanye West has just released his new album, Donda. The excitement of Donda’s album was apparently not only enthusiastically welcomed by fans and music connoisseurs. The reason is, there are some irresponsible people who are also ‘enthusiastic’ to enliven the release of Donda. They are cybercriminals who spread malware through fake downloads of Kanye West’s Donda album.

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Global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky discovered that cybercriminals were taking advantage of the hype to spread malicious files. From his investigation, it was discovered that there were scams – though not big ones, and they took several different forms.

Quoting the Tech Republic page, Monday, August 30, 2021, it’s easy to see why cybercriminals are targeting the release of albums, films, and other forms of media that many people look forward to. This is because it is very easy to slip malicious code into a download, and potentially just as easy to trick someone into providing detailed personal information.

Malware illustration. Photo: Kaspersky

In the case of Kanye’s latest album release, Kaspersky found fake downloads like those found in the days before the release of ‘Black Widow’. Two specific adware files are named by Kaspersky, Download-File-KanyeWestDONDA320.zip_88481.msi and Kanye West_DONDA (Explicit) (2021) Mp3 320kbps [PMEDIA] __ – Downloader.exe.

Along with the usual fake downloads, Kaspersky has also discovered that several different scam websites use various methods to trick people into clicking on malicious links, providing personal information, or obtaining valuable personal information.

In one example, Kaspersky says, “Users receive a link to download the ‘album’, and are asked to participate in a survey and confirm that they are not robots.”

Once done, users are redirected to a website that promises that they can make money from bitcoins.

Cyber ​​crime illustration.  Photo: Emerging Europe
Cyber ​​crime illustration. Photo: Emerging Europe

“Of course, the link to the album never appears, and if users are tempted by the offer to become a bitcoin millionaire and enter personal data, they may lose money and not gain access to the album,” Kaspersky said.

Kaspersky has some additional recommendations for those looking for tips to stay safe from online scams. Kaspersky said, access content from official platforms such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, Spotify, Apple TV, and others.

While these sites are not completely guaranteed to be safe, Kaspersky said, they have been vetted and filtered, reducing user risk. Also, never click on a link without checking the actual URL by hovering over it or long pressing on a mobile device to open a preview.

And lastly, don’t open files you didn’t expect to receive. When in doubt, contact the sender of the email to verify that they sent it.

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