Warning as scammers ramp up ‘free’ streaming attacks

Illegal streaming services that allow viewers to watch paid TV shows and sports “for free” are expected to be the main target of scammers this week

Illegal streaming services that allow viewers to watch paid TV shows and sports “for free” are expected to be a major target for scammers this week.

Criminals are planning a blitz on hit shows such as the Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon, which airs on pay-to-view Sky Atlantic from tomorrow, new research from cybersecurity firm Webroot reveals.

Scammers are also targeting major paid sporting events, such as live Premiership football matches shown on Sky and BT subscription channels, as the season is in full swing.

Target: New research from cybersecurity firm Webroot reveals that criminals plan to blitz hit shows such as the Game Of Thrones prequel

The temptation to use a pirate service to watch paid shows on the Internet without spending money can be hard to resist, especially when the cost of subscriptions increases.

Yet, according to security software provider Opentext Security Solutions, malware known as Trojans are often hidden in pop-up windows that appear on these websites.

When clicked unintentionally, these windows can download software to a computer, hack personal information such as bank details, and provide enough information for criminals to drain a bank account.

The data can also be sold to others on the Dark Web, where you could then be targeted with emails designed to deceive you.

Kelvin Murray, researcher at Opentext, says: “We expect illegal streaming to grow in the days and weeks to come – with new subscription services and paid sporting events driving many people to dodgy websites. . But these are often run by criminal gangs who set them up simply to steal personal data.

“Trojans can be planted on a computer by including a pop-up window that asks the user to click on it to reactivate what they hope to watch. The best protection is to avoid suspicious websites.