The stakes may not be as high as in the hit Netflix show, but you could still lose your data or identity if you fail to follow the rules for dodging the latest brand of pop-culture-themed scams.

An advertisement for a game purporting to be a digital version of Squid Game with a cryptocurrency prize that is, in fact, a scam.

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South Korean Netflix show Squid Game has become a runaway hit, surpassing Bridgerton to become the most watched Netflix show of all time. With 111 million viewers and counting, scammers have started to smell blood in the water, Kaspersky reports, and Squid Game-themed scams and malware have begun to appear online. 

Kaspersky reports that, between September and October 2021, it found several dozen malicious files on the web with Squid Game mentioned in their names. The majority of the scams were simple Trojan downloaders that installed other malicious programs, but scammers are getting creative in other ways, too.

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“One of the cybercriminals’ schemes worked as follows: the victim was allegedly shown an animated version of the first game from the series, while simultaneously, a Trojan was invisibly launched that could steal data from users’ various browsers and send it back to the…

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