by FACT UK, 15 October 2021
Former English Premier League footballer Jimmy Bullard stars in a new
campaign which highlights the risks of accessing illegal streaming,
including viruses, malware and full-scale identity theft.
Bullard fronts the campaign created by FACT, the UK-based organisation which
investigates cybercrime, fraud and other IP crime, with cyber security
expert Jamie Woodruff.
Research commissioned by FACT shows almost half of respondents (47%) in the
UK say that they have shared or would be willing to share their personal
email address to gain access to illicit streams. One in three admit they
have experienced fraud, been hacked or have been exposed to online scams as
a result of illegal streaming.
Bullard said: “You hear that there are lots of problems with dodgy streaming
sites, but I had no idea just how serious it was. I was pretty shocked at
how these sites work, and by how much trouble someone could land themselves
in using them. As someone who’s been targeted by online hackers before, it’s
frightening what can happen if your details get into the wrong hands.”
First published by FACT 23 September 2021
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