Hackers Spreading Malware Through Torrent Files
No one wants to pay for anything these days, especially when it comes to entertainment media such as games, movies, TV shows, and music. People just download all of this stuff from the web through public and private torrent sites. These platforms sure made life easier for people all over the globe, but now they have something to worry about, thanks to a group of hackers who are spreading malware through torrent files and thus successfully taking control of infected devices. How they are doing it and why your web-enabled devices aren’t safe anymore have been explained below.
How Are They Doing it and Why It’s Dangerous for You?
Now the first question is, how on earth they are transforming torrent files into malware carriers? Well, the answer to that is pretty simple – through a tool. They have crafted a brand new tool that, once downloaded on a device, can extract any information that’s available on it. This includes personal photos, videos, text messages, and much more. They can use or misuse that data however they like. Some hackers may even go as far as leaking the stolen data on a public site, something that can prove really devastating in case it includes private photos and videos of girls. In the worst case scenario, they may start blackmailing the victim and ask for ransom. Ransomware has become quite popular amongst hackers. The tool just makes the process of sneaking into devices and stealing data to hold as ransom a lot easier.
You must realize that you, along with everyone else you know who download files through torrents are at risk of becoming a victim of this new threat.
What Can You Do to Avoid Torrent Malware?
If you are amongst those people who download from torrent, then you will certainly have to remain on your toes from now on. You need to be extremely careful about everything you download because a moment of negligence can land you in deep trouble by causing your PC or smartphone to become compromised. You certainly don’t want that to happen, but that’s easier said than done. Hackers are quite proficient these days and the latest addition in their toolbox is pretty effective. Once it makes its way into your device, you can very well kiss your mental peace goodbye.
The best advice we can give to you is that you should try to refrain from downloading torrents until the threat is thwarted. However, if you really need to use a torrent, then be sure to go through the comments section thoroughly and check the overall reputation of the uploader. If you fail to exercise due caution, then it will only be a matter of time before you find yourself getting blackmailed by a hacker.
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