Game of Thrones episodes a well-liked goal for hackers, viruses


Watch out, Game of Thrones, followers: hackers are coming for you. That is, they’re coming for you if you happen to’re illegally downloading episodes, perVariety. According to a brand new examine from antivirus vendor Kapersky Lab and the U.Ok.-based BestVPN.com, episodes of Game of Thrones usually tend to carry hidden malware than episodes of some other present.

Video information can carry hidden executable information that infect the goal computer systems when the consumer opens the video. Over the previous 12 months, Kaspersky and BestVPN.com checked out 50,000 customers, and located 170,000 cases of malware making an attempt to contaminate their machines by way of illegally downloaded Game of Thrones episodes.

Hackers make use of different reveals, too, however Game of Thrones is well the most well-liked. Hackers made about 100,000 an infection makes an attempt by way of episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead, on roughly 20,000 computer systems all over the world. After that, there’s a pointy dropoff. Episodes of  Netflix’s Stranger Things accounted for 13,257 makes an attempt affecting 4,600 customers, whereas HBO’s Westworld had 5,300 makes an attempt on 2,063 computer systems.

Earlier this 12 months, a associated examine by Wojciech Hardy of the Institute for Structural Research and the University of Warsaw, discovered that the leak of the primary 4 episodes of Game of Thrones season 5 again in 2015 led to a everlasting uptake in piracy, for Thrones and different reveals. I suppose that’s what occurs when a present is as fashionable as this.

Likewise, passwords for companies like HBO Go and HBO Now stay some the most well-liked passwords on the market on the darkish net. Whether or not it needs to be, HBO is at all times primary.

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