Watching a free movie online? Be wary of malware

There is a global surge in streaming demand due to the pandemic, but beware: Cyber criminals are luring victims with free shows that come at a hefty price

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Beware of websites offering free streams or downloads of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or The Invisible Man because chances are, these websites are rife with malware, according to a study released yesterday by cyber-security firm McAfee.

Cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine topped McAfee's list of the television shows most targeted by cyber criminals, while horror film The Invisible Man was first in the movie category.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2020, with the headline Watching a free movie online? Be wary of malware . Subscribe