WINTER MAY HAVE GONE but the final series of Game of Thrones is coming, and with it comes a real-world threat of malware.
You see, some naughty folks like to illegally download TV series people have worked hard on making just because forking out a few quid for a Now TV subscription seems a bit steep.
While we all like a freebie, the gods of tech have decided to apply some karma to the situation in that hackers will are using the lure of free downloads as a way to spread malware around.
According to Kaspersky Lab, Game of Thrones downloads are the most likely of all popular downloads to come with digital nasties tucked into them; The Walking Dead comes in second place and Arrow in third.
The cybersecurity firm noted that Game of Thrones accounted for 17 per cent of all the infected pirated content in 2018, leading to 20,934 cheapskates getting attacked; the first and last episodes of the series were the most popular and therefore most likely to pose a risk to downloaders.
"Of all the TV series analysed, Game of Thrones had the greatest number of users attacked by malware of the same name. It tried to infect users 129,819 times, and the total number of Game of Thrones-themed malware files in our threat collection is 9,986," Kaspersky said.
"This makes the show an unmatched leader in popularity not just among users but also among cybercriminals looking for the most effective way to distribute malware."
While hackers are the bottom feeders of the tech world, we can't help but give them a wry nod at having the nous to tap into a rich vein of slathering popularity for HBO TV shows and exploit freeloaders.
Hopefully, the threat of malware will help stymie privacy organically and stop the EU from potentially borking the internet. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score
Smarter than your average pair of smart glasses
9.8-rated vuln hasn't yet been fixed