September 25th, 2018 | Updated on September 26th, 2018
Downloading and streaming movies illegally isn’t just putting you at risk of falling foul of the law, according to a new EU study into malware.
The overwhelming majority were found on sites with .com domain names, hosted on US servers. That includes fake game installers, mobile applications and free programmes to promise to let you access and stream pirated content-films, music, video games and TV shows- which actually give hackers access to your device.
The files extracted by the researchers came from sites and mobile applications suspected of sharing pirated films, music, video games and TV shows.
The findings come from the first report into malware commissioned by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) .
“These programs use deceptive techniques and social engineering — such as empty game installations and ostensibly ‘useful’ software — to trick end users into disclosing their sensitive information,” says EUIPO.
The study, carried out by the EUIPO in collaboration with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, collected malware from the websites and mobile applications in two rounds.
The resulting 200GB of malicious files were analysed by Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, using the Europol Malware Analysis System (EMAS).
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