Malware blocks access to Piracy Websites

In what seems to be the first time in web history, malware is reportedly blocking access to software-based piracy for the past few weeks. Security firm Sophos was the first to report this incident and branded it one of the strangest cases it has ever discovered to date.


Technically, the malicious software is seen hidden in pirated copies of various software such as security products, games, songs, and some movies. And once double-clicked the software ejects a pop-up that flashes on the screen of the victim, disallowing them from indulging in further web activity.


However, few security analysts say that such software is being used by cybercriminals to gain monetary benefits from the website visitors and is usually uploaded onto websites where the web traffic is seen in large numbers.


Web portals that host pirated software do not focus much on security privileges as they are only interested in gaining money quickly. So, such web portals act as earning paradise to cyber crooks as they can not only install their malware easily to gain benefits from clicks but can also spread their malevolent software just by few mouse clicks.


Therefore, Cybersecurity researchers have been constantly urging web users not to download any apps or movies from unknown sources on the web and always have an anti-malware solution installed on their device, as it helps in preventing any kind of cyber fraud.


Note- Any device that is used to access web services such as Android TV, Smart Phone, and a computer is potentially vulnerable to such malware-driven cyber attacks.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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