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New study finds hackers target consumers who use apps to watch pirated content

Gary Guthrie

Published: April 25, 2019

Publication: Consumer Affairs

Hackers are lying in wait to send malware that steals usernames and passwords

The hackosphere has a new twist -- hackers going after consumers who watch pirated content.

A new study by the Digital Citizens Alliance investigation lays out a bizarre narrative where hackers go after consumers who are cheating the system via piracy apps to get video content like Netflix for free. But -- and here’s where it gets interesting -- the hackers then deposit malware into the consumers’ piracy apps in hopes of snaring usernames, passwords, and the like.

 

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