Pirated Software Helped An Unknown Malware Infect 3.2 Million PCs
hackThere are many reasons not to download pirated software, with the most obvious being that it’s illegal and you’re essentially “stealing”. The second reason is that because you can’t always trust the source of pirated software, it could lead to bad situations like this, where recently a report from NordLocker revealed how an unknown malware flew under the radar for two years, infecting 3.2 million PCs in the process.
Research Lab Hit With Ransomware Attack After Student Installs Pirated Software
hackOfficial software can be expensive, which is why sometimes people turn to piracy because they have no choice. This isn’t to say that this is a justified alternative, but it happens. Unfortunately for a European biomolecular research institute, it seems that one of the decisions by a student working at the lab has resulted in a ransomware attack.
New Mac Ransomware Discovered Spreading Through Pirated Programs
Listen, it’s never a good idea to download pirated software, but yet people do. There are many reasons for this, first of all it’s illegal. Secondly, because the source you’re downloading it from might not necessarily be trusted, and there could be some changes made that would hide malicious files inside of the installation.
Popcorn Time Is Back, Just In Time For The Coronavirus
Now with more people working and studying from home as social distancing measures are being implemented, it means that people need to find new ways to keep themselves entertained. Interestingly and coincidentally enough, it looks like the coronavirus outbreak has brought back to life what has been hailed as the Netflix of piracy – Popcorn Time.
The Pirate Bay Is Testing Out A New Streaming Feature
For a brief moment in time, it felt like The Pirate Bay was in trouble when its servers were taken down. However, the website managed to claw its way back online, and if anything, it seems to be doubling down on their offerings where according to a report from TorrentFreak, it appears that the website is now offering a streaming option.
Feds Take Down Illegal Streaming Service That Was Bigger Than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu
There are many streaming services these days, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and so on. However, the problem with all these services is that they all have different licensing deals with the studios, meaning that some shows are available on some platforms, while others are not.
A Boxing Fight Was Illegally Streamed Through The Reflection Off A Guy’s Glasses
There are some sporting events that are held behind a paywall where viewers will need to purchase a pass in order to watch it. There are some ways to get around this, such as going to a bar where the event might be streamed, or alternatively, there is always pirate streams that you could look for.
Disney Plus Might Not Work On All Devices
So Disney Plus will be launching next month and given the breadth of Disney’s catalogue and the various franchises under its umbrella, it is understandable that many are eagerly anticipating its release. However, before you get too excited, it seems that there is a chance that Disney Plus might not work on your device.
Modern Manufacturing Technology Has Made Fake Luxury Watches Even Harder To Spot
The advancement of technology has resulted in our manufacturing process becoming a lot more efficient compared to back in the day. This means that products are produced at a much faster rate than before with fewer defects. Unfortunately, it seems that the advancement of our manufacturing technology has resulted in an unintended negative consequence: higher-quality, harder-to-detect fake luxury goods.
Philippines Cable TV Airs Pirated Copy Of Avengers: Endgame
It was recently reported that a pirated copy of Avengers: Endgame was making its rounds on the internet. However, it was suggested that it might not be a big deal because the copy was said to be poorly recorded and somewhat unwatchable, meaning that most people would probably still prefer to watch it in the cinema.
Pirated Copies Of Avengers: Endgame Have Already Leaked Online
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame has already been released in some parts of the world, such as China, and unfortunately, it looks like Marvel has a piracy problem on their hands because according to a report from TorrentFreak, it seems that pirated copies of the movie have already made their way online.
Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Was Pirated 55 Million Times
HBO’s Game of Thrones has continued to be one of the most pirated TV shows of all time, and as such, it wasn’t surprising to learn that the long-awaited Season 8 premiere was heavily pirated as well. According to the data from analytics firm MUSO, they found that the premiere of Season 8 was pirated a whopping 55 million times.
Pirated Copies Of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Have Already Been Leaked
Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is expected to be released on the 7th of December, but according to a report from Motherboard, it appears that the game has since been pirated thanks to leaked copies finding their way online. Motherboard was told by four separate sources that the game was leaked, and these leaks have since been verified via gameplay footage.
Couple To Pay Nintendo $12 Million For Running Illegal ROM Site
There are gamers out there who flat out refuse to pay for games, instead choosing to find various means and methods to get a game for free, even if it results in piracy. Unsurprisingly this has allowed a piracy market to thrive, although it seems that the internet is now free of at least one ROM website.
Sony Sues Third-Party Seller For Selling Jailbroken PS4 Consoles
Given the price of games, it’s not surprising the in the early days of consoles like the original PlayStation and the PS2, piracy was extremely rampant as it was such an easy process to replicate the CDs/DVDs that games came on. However in recent times, it seems to have become less of a problem, although there are still instances of it happening.
Report Claims Piracy Is On The Rise Due To Too Many Streaming Services
Thanks to streaming which allows users to watch as many videos as they like for a fixed monthly price, piracy has gone down somewhat. This led to many believing that streaming is the way to go, which has spawned more streaming platforms. Unfortunately this seems to have had the opposite effect.
Google Removes ‘Kodi’ From Search Autocomplete
A lot of software used for piracy purposes were probably not necessarily designed to be that way. For example software used to rip CDs to MP3s were probably designed to be for personal use, but people later used it to rip MP3s and distribute them on the web. The same can be said for Kodi, but unfortunately Google doesn’t seem to see it that way.
Spotify Reveals At Least 2 Million Of Their Users Are Dodging Ads
Music streaming was meant to be one of the ways to solve music piracy. By creating a service where people could listen to as much music as they like for a fixed price every month, versus buying music piecemeal which could easily add up to the hundreds, it does solve one of the reasons why people pirate, which is pricing.
Research Finds That Online Piracy Is More Popular Than Ever
When digital movies and music were sold piecemeal, it was sort of easy to see why people might turn to piracy. However with the introduction of subscription-based streaming where consumers can pay a flat fee and stream as much video and music as they would like, you would think that it might see a drop in piracy, right?
ISP Warns That Pirating Could Affect Your Smart Home Appliances
Internet service providers (ISP) as their name suggests provides internet services to users, and what users do with that internet is really up to them, save for certain restrictions that might have been put into place by the government. This also means that the onus for catching and stopping pirates is usually on the copyright holder, not the ISP.