Streaming Free Movies, TV Shows & Games May Put You at Risk

Thanks to new technology, today you can watch pretty much any show, sport or film you want— safely and affordably, whenever and wherever you want.

But not all technology is created equal. And some disreputable devices have slipped through the cracks, claiming to offer access to free movies, TV shows and games. But, leaving out the fact that this content is actually stolen and being streamed illegally.

Even worse, these so-called pirate devices and apps frequently expose users to dangerous malware—malware that can lead to ID theft, financial loss, locking down the computer of a small business owner until they pay a ransom to hackers.

These devices are often sold through the same stores and websites that sell other legitimate consumer devices, confusing unsuspecting consumers and leaving them stuck with an expensive, useless device when criminals get busted for selling them.

Piracy and malware is now a big illegal business with criminals making tens of millions of dollars by targeting victims. Government and law enforcement can protect consumers by cracking down on illegal pirate devices and apps and warning consumers about the risks of piracy and malware. Because everyone deserves to be safe in their own house or place of work.

More Time at Home Means More Opportunity for Cyber Criminals

Feel like you’ve already watched everything your content providers have to offer and are now tempted to explore illegal, pirate streaming TV and film services? Before you go there, watch this PSA from the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center to learn about the risks of malware infection and threats to your privacy.

Transcript

I’m Steve Francis with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

We’re all staying home more often, so the demand for entertainment is high. Criminals are taking advantage of that demand by offering illegal services that provide movies, TV shows and live programming.

But there’s a catch—these illegal services can deliver malware that enables hackers to steal your credit card information, your bank passwords and even your identity.

Don’t be a victim. Stream safely from legitimate sources. For more information, visit the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center website or streamsafely.com.

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