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Disney launched the highly anticipated streaming service, Disney Plus – in the style of Disney + in marketing, this month in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands.
Netflix rivals ships with truckloads of content from House of Mouse, including classic animations such as The Lion King, 101 Dalmatians, and Lilo & Stitch, as well as television shows like That's Raven, Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, and Hannah Montana.
Not only that, but it also has films and series inherited from recent acquisitions from Disney, including every entry in Star Wars series, animation X-Men series from 2002, as well as all 665 episodes Simpsons. National Geographic documentaries like it Free Solo also cut service, which costs $ 6.99 per month.
However, it was original content created specifically for Disney + services that seemed to cause the biggest furor among the fans. There are documentary-style skit series based around High School Musical films that launched the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Disney has also made a live-action remake of Madame and tramp, and Star Wars the live-action spin-off series Mandalorian, directed by Jon Favreau who also leads the box-busting office Lion King early this year.
And that is the original series that seems to drive Disney fans in countries where Netflix-esque streaming services have not yet launched that are turning to illegal methods to ensure they are the latest with the latest episodes, which are being launched every week to a $ 6.99 service per month.
Blogs that focus on torrent TorrentFreak reports that "hundreds of thousands" of downloads and streams of Disney + programs – in particular, Mandalorian – has been recorded on torrent repositories and malicious streaming sites. While Mandalorian not yet on scale Game of Thrones, it noted that "the potential is definitely there."
HBO is very popular Game of Thrones making history the most pirated event in history. During previous seasons, this large-scale piracy was probably due to the fact that audiences outside the United States had to wait weeks or months for publishers to air the latest season. For the last few seasons, Sky TV broadcasts the latest episodes at the same time as they air on HBO in America.
The fact that Disney + was not launched in the UK until March 2020 serves as an incentive to break the law for some fans, noted TorrentFreak. That said, there is a perfect legal way to get access to streaming services specifically North America for now.
After all, torrent and water flow can put you at risk.
The head of Cyber and Privacy UK at KPMG's multinational accounting firm, Martin Tyley, spoke of the risks taken by thousands of Star Wars and Disney fans when they rushed to watch
Mandalorian is a runaway Disney at the moment, getting hundreds of thousands of downloads
the latest shows use streaming sites, third-party add-ons for the Kodi media player, called Kodi Box, and torrent.
Tyley told Express.co.uk, "Those who have downloaded material illegally in the past will continue to do so, because the release date alone is rarely a motivating factor for them. However, for example, parents may feel pressured by their children to give them the latest shows, and this is where cyber criminals are looking to exploit them.
After a hacker has access to an individual's personal data, the hacker is then processed, listened to, and can endanger any or all activity on that device and other connected devices
"The use of illegal streaming services, which potentially offers access to all of these channels for a small monthly fee, makes people vulnerable. Hackers may be able to harvest credit card information or install malware on the device.
"After a hacker has access to individual personal data, it is then processed, listened to, and can endanger any or all activity on that device and other connected devices. Unfortunately, users often do not have real knowledge about how insecure their devices are and can further disclose their friends, family, or direct contact with whom the owner exchanges data. "
It should be noted that this threat is not only academic. Hackers and cybercriminals have used the popularity of shows to target a large number of users looking for a particular show, or film.
For example, towards the beginning Game of Thrones season 7 on July 16 2017, ransomware was introduced at The Pirate Bay which was designed to take advantage of the inclusion of users who want to download Game of Thrones free episode. When a user clicks on a page to download a torrent file, a dangerous pop-under ad quietly steers the user behind them and infects the machine with Cerber ransomware.
Thousands of The Mandalorian torrents, not to mention other Disney shows, have appeared online
Security company Malwarebytes discovered the threat, which exploits a number of vulnerable browser plugins to secretly download dangerous content onto a system.
Malwarebytes security researcher Jerome Segura said: "The popular torrent site The Pirate Bay is serving ransomware through a malvertising attack this weekend.
"The ad network is changing but the modus operandi is the same."
And it's not just downloads that risk infecting your computer. Streaming sites are ideal locations for watering hole attacks, where incentives – such as the ability to watch episodes Mandalorian free, for example – lure unsuspecting visitors, CEO Siege Syversen has warned.
Hackers use increased traffic volumes to attack large numbers of users and gain access to personal information on their computers.
"They use it as bait," he told Consumer Reports, "This is equivalent to going to a bad part of town and buying a film that falls behind a truck."
Aside from the danger to your device being connected to the internet, there are also broader implications for this industry. Those who enjoy Mandalorian and want to see more of the hit fantasy drama series not allowed to stream or download episodes for free, because this will not encourage Disney to order more episodes.