Free TV, Movie Content Targeted For Cyber Crimes

Certain free TV and movie content -- like “Brooklyn Nine Nine” and “The Incredibles” -- is highly targeted when it comes to web crime, according to McAfee, the computer technology security company, especially as online video consumption has increased due to stay-at-home orders.

McAfee identified the riskiest entertainment content in two top-ten lists -- one for TV shows and another for movies -- after analyzing web results for searches of the entertainment titles with specific terms.

Those terms include “TV show + torrent.” Other words included in search requests by consumers include "free," "free download," "torrent," and "pirated download."

McAfee says: "History has proven that cyber criminals follow consumer trends and behaviors to educate their scam strategies. It’s important that consumers stay alert while online and avoid malicious websites that may install malware or steal personal information and passwords."



The top 10 riskiest U.S. TV shows are "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Elite," "Harlots," "Letterkenny," "Poldark," "Lost," "You," "Gentefied," "PEN15" and "Skins."

The top 10 targeted movies are "Warrior," "Zombieland," "The Incredibles," "Step Brothers," "Bad Boys," "Aladdin (2019)," "The Lion King (1994)," "Swingers," "Frozen 2" and "The Invitation."

The list was from the most popular TV and movie titles available on U.S. streaming sites according to “best of” articles by a range of U.S. publications. McAfee says the “most targeted” TV and movie content refers to the number of high-risk websites associated with entertainment titles.

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