Cinemate Description

Type: Browser Hijackers

Cinemate is an application geared towards movie-goers. It is advertised as a useful tool that will help users find what movies are currently playing in theaters. Unfortunately, once installed on the computer or device, Cinemate reveals that it has an additional functionality - that of adware. Indeed, infosec researchers have observed the application generating various unwanted and intrusive advertisements.

The advertisements are likely to promote dubious destinations that could try and take advantage of users. Adware apps commonly promote online tactics, fake giveaways, phishing portals masquerading as legitimate sites, shady adult-oriented portals, questionable online gaming/betting sites and more. Users also could be presented with advertisements for seemingly legitimate applications that turn out to be intrusive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

Adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs, in general, are often equipped with data-harvesting functionalities, and this also could apply to Cinemate. Users risk having their browsing activities silently monitored, packaged, and exfiltrated to a remote server. The application's operators could receive the entire browsing and search histories, clicked URLs, IP address, device type, geolocation and more.

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