Cyber Criminals Offer Free Movies, Make You Pay Later
North American Precis Syndicate
Don't let pirates into your premises: To protect your cyber devices, avoid rogue entertainment equipment that illegally accesses TV shows and movies. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—The average American household now has nine Internet-enabled
devices to connect to the Internet, watch movies or television shows, or
"smarten" the thermostats, doorbells or nanny cams. These products
let people save energy, buy groceries, connect with family members and access
a seemingly limitless catalog of entertainment.
It's important, however, to realize that some devices may not be as secure
as others. For example, millions of rogue entertainment boxes are now in
homes. While these devices look like an Apple TV or Roku
box, they are unsecured and can expose consumers to malware.
Typically, they are used to illegally access pirated movies, TV shows or live
The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA)investigated
apps on these devices and found malware on them
that stole researchers' user names and passwords, probed user networks and
surreptitiously uploaded user data without consent. Most consumers are
unaware of the security risks that can occur when plugging one of these
devices into a home network, and if they did know, they would be much less
likely to allow them in their home.
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers about these
devices: "If you want to avoid downloading malware
when you stream video, don't watch pirated content. Period. Not online and
not through a video streaming device."
For years, hackers have used pirated content as a lure to expose consumers
to malware. "Criminals use trickery to enter
into consumers' homes," said Tom Galvin, executive director of DCA.
"The enticement of free movies and television shows on products without
a reputable company behind them creates a fertile ground for malware to spread. If it is too good to be true, it
Keeping an eye on the devices that are brought into your home, including
by your children, is critical to your cyber safety. Consumers who stream
pirated content are six times more likely to report an issue with malware than those who don't use piracy devices.
“Rogue entertainment boxes that illegally access
pirated movies and TV shows can expose consumers to malware.
“Criminals use trickery to enter into consumers’ homes,”
explained Tom Galvin, executive director of the Digital Citizens Alliance. http://bit.ly/2YiPKpB”
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