Some major and shocking revelations swarmed the Internet this morning when Crunchyroll, a top anime streaming website, told users not to access their site because the website’s security was compromised. According to Crunchyroll’s official Twitter account, “Please DO NOT access our website at the current time. We are aware of the issues and working on it.” Currently, users are rerouted to an identical looking site and malware attempts infiltrating the user’s computer.
According to many users, the front page auto-downloads a mysterious .exe file which can cause a multitude of issues to one’s computer. Some suspect it could be a possible miner or other variation of malware. According to Crunchyroll’s Twitter, no one should access the website. The Crunchyroll App will not work, however accessing the app will not cause damage to your device.
Crunchyroll then stated the website’s issues appear to be a DNS (denial-of-service) attack. Even if this were true, no one truly knows what the extent of the damage is. Many users are complaining about the automatic file installing on their computer. If this has occurred to you, delete the file, do not run the file, and conduct an antivirus check; if you did run the file, change all passwords and backup your data.
More worrisome is the fact Crunchyroll’s USA Twitter account has not issued a warning to its users because their employees are sleeping. That’s right — a major security breach could impact many computers and potentially compromise sensitive security details and no emergency pipeline between the countries exist.
Crunchyroll USA finally updated their Twitter warning users not to access the website: