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Study: Piracy sites in India pose malware risk

A new study commissioned by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) found that piracy websites posed the highest risk for malware infection among consumers in India. The study found that consumers perceived accessing piracy sites as presenting the highest risk of being affected by malware (59 per cent), even more than if they clicked […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

Research highlights festive season streaming threat

Research from UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT has revealed that TV and film entertainment sits at the heart of many Brits’ Christmases, with 54 per cent relying on it to keep the family entertained. While this comes as no surprise, the research also shows that almost a quarter (23 per cent) of consumers will […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Study: Malware risks from AV piracy

A study by trade body the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) on malware and audiovisual piracy has identified significant risks to European consumers. The independent report, undertaken by Professor Paul Watters, Honorary Professor in Criminology and Security Studies at Macquarie University, Australia, shows that within 71 seconds of clicking on a pirate website, a consumer is […]

September 20, 2022By Colin Mann

Investigation: Pirate sites pose malware risk

Visitors to piracy sites are bombarded with malicious ads that use scare tactics to trick them into downloading malware, including ransomware that takes over files to force victims to pay to regain access, a joint investigation by the Digital Citizens Alliance, White Bullet, and Unit 221B has found. The investigation also found that these malicious […]

September 16, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: Risks from illegal sports streaming sites

Research from cyber resilience specialist Opentext Security Solutions has revealed the extent to which consumers are being exposed to fraud, dangerous scams and explicit content on illegal sports streaming sites. Analysis of 50 popular sites uncovered that every single one contained malicious content, while over 40 per cent of them did not have the necessary […]

August 18, 2022By Colin Mann

Finecast achieves TAG accreditation

Finecast, an addressable TV provider, has been certified for the first time by TAG (Trustworthy Accountability Group) following an audit validating its practices meet the highest industry brand safety standards. TAG (Trustworthy Accountability Group) produces industry guidelines and certification across brand safety, fraud, and malware. The certification coincides with Finecast’s parent company, GroupM UK and […]

March 17, 2022

Research: Risks rife on illegal football streaming sites

Research from cyber resilience specialist Webroot has exposed the extent of scams and malware found on illegal streaming sites that were shared on social media channels during a big weekend of football across Europe. Football fans across Europe trying to watch the Carabao Cup Final or major clashes across the Premier League, La Liga, Serie […]

April 28, 2021By Colin Mann

Study: Lockdown + piracy = toxic cybersecurity combination

Millions of Americans who are conducting sensitive or confidential work on home networks during the Covid-19 crisis are substantially more likely to face malware and other security threats if they also have piracy devices and apps in their homes, according to a new study from Internet threat education body Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA). A research […]

February 24, 2021By Colin Mann

Research: 3 in 5 UK users unaware of piracy dangers

Research commissioned by UK intellectual property protection body FACT has shown that three out of five people in the UK (62 per cent) are unaware of the hidden dangers of piracy – fraud, identity theft and malware – or its links to criminal gangs. The research, which focused on consumer behaviour and attitudes to piracy, […]

January 27, 2021By Colin Mann

Research: Rise in illegally-accessed content risks

Research from UK pro-copyright education body The Industry Trust for IP Awareness has revealed that those who illegally download or stream TV, Film and Sport content are at a higher risk than ever of suffering a host of negative personal and financial consequences. From viruses and hacking, to identity theft and fraud, latest figures

August 27, 2020By Colin Mann