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Risks in using free or unofficial software to view pirated digital material

Alert message sent 20/09/2018 11:42:00

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Firstly, the use of certain bits of hardware & software to access free (pirated) content on the Internet (such as games, movies, music etc) is a breach of copyright laws and does cause financial harm to the industries that produce the games, movies & music.

But, ever heard the phrase "You never get something for nothing", or "If a deal is too good to be true then there is probably a catch"?

Well, this article in the DailyMail Online reveals research of how there is a proven risk of your computers being infected with malicious software by the use of certain online services which provide pirated streaming/downloading services.

The article states:
"European Union (EU) researchers located 4 000 malicious files in their search, which originated from approximately 100 individually developed pieces of malware.
That includes fake game installers and free programmes to promise to let you access and stream pirated content, but actually give hackers access to your device."

Read more about it in the article, and please consider the safety & security of your own digital data and devices:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6184729/Study-reveals-users-face-THOUSANDS-malware-threats-visiting-sites-offer-pirated-content.html

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