Cops warn WhatsApp users against opening ‘The Kashmir Files’ link

Clicking on a link promising a free viewing of the film can download malware, which will hack phones and also drain bank accounts linked to the phones

The film directed by Vivek Agnihotri, “Kashmir Files”, aroused a lot of interest among ordinary people and received mixed reviews.

The growing popularity of “The Kashmir Files”, a film based on the exodus of Kashmiri pundits from the valley in the 1980s, could spur cybercriminals to act, police fear.

A senior Noida Police official has asked WhatsApp users to exercise caution if they receive messages containing links promising free access to the film. Speaking to PTI news agency, Additional Assistant Commissioner of Police (Noida) Ranvijay Singh said that clicking on such a link can download malware, which will hack phones and also drain bank accounts linked to phones. .

“There hasn’t been a specific case here yet in which the movie’s name has been used, but there are reports of such a methodology used by scammers to hack into people’s phones or trick them with money,” Singh said.

DCP Supplementary said that recently three people approached the police in one day with similar cyber fraud complaints, in which they ended up losing a total of ₹30 lakh.

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The officer said social media users should refrain from clicking on such links shared by strangers and sharing them on WhatsApp or other social media platforms. If the link is from family or friends, check to see if they opened the link themselves, Singh said.

The film directed by Vivek Agnihotri, “Kashmir Files”, aroused a lot of interest among ordinary people and received mixed reviews. It is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during the Kashmir uprising in the 90s.

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The film is doing very well commercially with the domestic box office collection crossing the Rs 60 crore mark since March 11, the day of its release. Box office analysts expect the film to enter the Rs 100 crore club soon. Film analyst Taran Adarsh ​​said the film surpassed records held by previous Bollywood blockbusters before and after the pandemic.

Collections increased significantly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed the film.

Harry D. Gonzalez