According to a message that is circulating via WhatsApp and social media, you should not open a video called “Popcorn Carnival”.
Supposedly, the video will hack your phone in seconds and there is nothing that you can do to stop it. The message asks that you forward the information to your contacts as soon as possible so that they will be aware of the threat as well.
However, the message is just another silly hacker hoax. There are no credible reports about a threat like the one described.
It appears that the hoax message began circulating in Spanish and was later translated into English. Spain’s Policía Nacional have repeatedly denounced the warning as a hoax via its Twitter feed and has urged recipients not to spread the hoax further by sharing it.
The hoax message is just one among a long series of silly hacker hoaxes that have circulated for years. A similar hoax falsely claims that accepting a video called ‘The Dance of The Pope’ will format your phone.
Sharing these false warnings will help nobody. If you receive this message, do not post it to others. and let the person who sent it know that the warning is a hoax.
An example of the hoax
There is a video filming on Whatsapp called “Popcorn Carnival” Do not open it under any circumstances. Be warned. It will Hack your phone in seconds and you cannot stop it in anyway. Please forward to your contacts as soon as possible.