Game Of Thrones Fans, Don’t Fucking Download The Torrents Because You Might Be At Risk

By Iman Zia | 15 Apr, 2019

Torrent sites usually have the highest number of users whenever a ‘Game Of Thrones’ episode airs on HBO – it’s not a surprise, considering the fact that not everyone has a premier HBO membership, and can’t watch the episode on time. The show is undeniably the most popular series in our current television epoch, raking in millions of viewers per episode.

 

Tech giants like Netflix, Amazon, and Apple are attempting to recreate a similar global phenomenon like ‘Game Of Thrones’ – spending millions of dollars in the process.

HBO’s show has garnered an influx of its original fan base, where its first episode back in 2011 was watched by around 2.2 million in the US. Season seven raked in 12.2 million American viewers, and was also the most pirated series ever that year, with torrent downloading being at an all-time high!

Source: HBO

HBO has essentially kickstarted a burgeoning domino effect for the new age of television.

You’ll see every contemporary trying to create something that redefines what is dubbed as ‘peak TV’ – finding a ‘tent-pole’ show that will catapult it into the frontrunner of the race.

Source: Financial Times

 

While US and UK fans have easy access to watch the latest ‘Game Of Thrones’ episodes (HBO and Sky Atlantic respectively), others around the world might have a harder time.

Many viewers will turn to third-party streaming online or torrent sites to keep up to date with the show’s season, and in this day and age finding torrents has become an easy breeze. Reddit forums are full of threads of links to watch the show, with a few ‘Game Of Thrones’ torrents thrown in too.
Source: HBO

 

However, despite the widespread prevalence of ‘Game Of Thrones’ torrents, anyone downloading them will be at a far more peril risk of cyber-attack.

Security analysts and piracy experts have relayed the high-risk danger from downloading the show’s latest episode – you will be subjected to a number of viruses and malware that will “plant malicious files on your device in the background,” according to ‘The Independent.

Source: HBO

 

The show literally had the highest infection rate, contributing to 17% of all the hacked pirated content in 2018, just FYI.

Source: HBO

 

Hackers have been optimizing on ‘Game Of Thrones’ torrent downloads by quietly infiltrating devices and stealing personal information and banking details.

Information like credit card details, personal data, addresses, etc is then reported to have been sold on the dark web. It’s not just Pakistanis who download torrents though, even UK residents were found to be more inclined to download torrents (according to a UK privacy firm) – even searching for a torrent on a pirated site gives leverage to hackers.

Source: HBO

 

SO DON’T DOWNLOAD IT!

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