In advance of the Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor UFC 264 fight on July 10th, Kieron Sharp, CEO of UK intellectual property protection body FACT, has warned of the dangers of illegally streaming the fight, being shown exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office at a cost of £19.95 (€23.00).
“UFC produce hotly-anticipated fights, such as this week’s match-up between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, which will see fans from across the world tuning in,” notes Sharp.
“However, with more high-profile fights come new viewers, and some may be tempted to turn to illegal streaming. These fans may be unaware of the hidden dangers of illegal streaming, and they need to understand the risks. Our research found three out of five people in the UK (62 per cent) were unaware that illegal streaming can lead to fraud, identity theft, and malware,” he adds.
“Cybersecurity firm Webroot recently found that 92 per cent of illegal streaming sites used for pirating sports content over a single weekend were promoting a range of Bitcoin and mobile app scams, as well as containing malware threats. So It’s clear how prominent the threat is to unsuspecting users,” he asserts.
“People should know that piracy originates from sophisticated, unlawful enterprises that put money directly in the pockets of criminal gangs. This is not a grey area – viewing the fight through the official providers is the only way to watch it legally and avoid putting yourself and your family at risk,” he advises.