Disney is not available in the UK or in other markets yet, and drives people to stream and torrent shows
Disney launched its feverishly anticipated streaming service, Disney Plus – stylized as Disney + in marketing, this month in the US, Canada and the Netherlands.
Netflix rivals ships with a truck of House of Mouse content, including its animated classics like The lions, 101 Dalmatians, also Lilo & Stitch, like TV shows like It's so Raven, Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, also Hannah Montana.
Not only that, but it also has movies and series inherited from recent Disney acquisitions, including all records in Star Wars the series, the animated X-Men series from 2002, as well as all 665 episodes of The Simpsons. Documentaries from National Geographic as Free solo so does the cut in service, which costs $ 6.99 a month.
However, it is the original content created specifically for the Disney + service that seems to cause the biggest fan traffic. There is a comedy-drama series in documentary style based around High School Musical films that launched the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Disney has also created a live-action remake of The Lady and the Tramp, and that Star Wars live-action spinoff series Mandalorian, which is directed by Jon Favreau who also helped to acquire the box office The lion King Earlier this year.
And it's the original series that seems to drive Disney fans into countries where Netflix-esque the streaming service has not yet started who is turning to illegal methods to make sure they are updated with the latest sections, which are rolled out weekly to the $ 6.99 monthly service.
Torrent focused blog TorrentFreak reports that "hundreds of thousands" of downloads and streams of Disney + shows – in particular Mandalorian – recorded on torrent repositories and unnecessary streaming sites. While Mandalorian is not really on the scale yet Game of Thrones, It notes that "the potential is really there."
HBO is extremely popular Game of Thrones made history the most pirated show in history. During its previous seasons, the huge scale of piracy was probably due to the fact that the audience outside the United States had to wait weeks or months for the broadcasters to put the latest season on the air. During the last few seasons, Sky TV aired the latest episode while it aired on HBO in the States.
The fact that Disney + will not launch in the UK until March 2020 serves as an incentive to break the law for some fans, notes TorrentFreak. As I said, there are perfectly legal ways to do it gain access to the streaming service that is only North America at the moment.
After all, streams and currents can put you at risk.
Head of UK Cyber and Privacy at KPMG's multinational audit firm, Martin Tyley, talked about the risks that thousands of Star Wars and Disney fans take as they rush to watch
Mandalorian is Disney by the way and is getting hundreds of thousands of downloads
the latest programs with streaming sites, third-party additions to the Kodi media player, so-called Kodi boxes, and torrents.
Tyley told Express.co.uk: "Those who have previously downloaded illegal material will continue to do so, because a release date is their motivating factor only. But for example, parents may feel pressured by their children to provide them with the latest programs, and this is where cyber criminals make use of them.
When a hacker has access to an individual's personal data, it is processed, listened to and can endanger any or all activity on that device as well as all other connected devices
“The use of illegal streaming services, which potentially offer access to all these channels for a small monthly fee, opens people up to significant vulnerabilities. Hackers may be able to harvest credit card information or install malicious software on the device.
"When a hacker has access to an individual's personal data, it is processed, listened to, and can jeopardize all or all of the activity on that device and all other connected devices. Unfortunately, the user often has no real knowledge of how unsafe their device can be and can then also expose their closest friends, family or contacts with which the owner exchanges data. "
It is worth noting that this threat is not just academic. Hackers and cyber criminals have used the programs' popularity to target a large number of users looking for a particular show or movie.
For example, before the beginning of Game of Thrones season 7 on July 16, 2017 ransomware was introduced at The Pirate Bay to take advantage of the influx of users who want to download Game of Thrones section free. When users clicked the page to download the torrent file, a malicious pop-under ad was silently redirected behind its back and infected the machine with Cerber ransomware.
Thousands of torrents from The Mandalorian, not to mention other Disney shows, have appeared online
Security company Malwarebytes discovered the threat, which utilized a number of sensitive browser plugins to silently download the malicious payload to a system.
Malwarebytes security researcher Jerome Segura said: "Popular torrent site Pirate Bay served ransomware via a malvertising attack this weekend.
"The ad network changes, but the modus operandi remains the same."
And it's not just downloads that run the risk of infecting your computer. Streaming websites are perfect places for so-called waterhole attacks, where an incentive – like the opportunity to watch a section of Mandalorian free, for example – attracts unsuspecting visitors, Siege CEO Syversen has warned.
Hackers use the increased traffic volume to attack a large number of users and access personal information on their computers.
"They use it as bait," he told Consumer Reports. "It's the Internet equivalent of going to the bad part of town and buying a movie that fell behind a truck."
Apart from the dangers of your own internet-connected device, it also has major implications for the industry. Those who enjoy Mandalorian and want to see more from the hit fantasy drama series should not stream or download episodes for free, as this will hardly drive Disney to order more episodes.