97 percent of popular illegal download sites contain malware and scams

Nearly all of the most popular websites offering illegal downloads of films and television programmes contain malware or credit card scams, according to research.

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A report by FindAnyFilm.com revealed that 97 percent of the most visited sites contained these ‘bogus features’, and three quarters of people had device problems after visiting pirate hubs.

It said that malware was most commonly hidden behind fake play buttons that trick unsuspecting users into downloading malicious software to their devices.

The most popular variety found installs pop-up adverts on infected systems.

FACT director general Kieron Sharp said: ““There’s a lot of work being done to block and take down these sites but it’s important to have your wits about you when watching film and TV online.

“You could end up getting far more than you bargained for when clicking on a link to watch a film or TV programme if it’s from an unauthorised site.

“Not only are you putting your personal security at risk, by using pirate websites you could be helping fund the organised criminal gangs who run these sites as a front for other cyber scams.”

For more information, visit The Industry Trust’s website.

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