Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO
Do you like viewing movies with all the rage apps like Kodi, SmartTV or VLC on your devices? How about needing or desiring subtitles with those films and just getting the latest pack from OpenSubtitles. No problem, seems like a good evening in the house. Issue is, according to research by Check Point, you could be in for a nasty surprise.
For the hackers to take control of your ‘realm’, they require a vector or some way to get entry to your system. There are some common methods that happen nowadays, such as smart (and not so creative) social engineering techniques. Getting e-mails that appear to come from pals or co-workers which were spoofed and you opened an attachment, or went to some website and if the stars aligned, you were pwned. Generally the star positioning part is not that tough, only that you have some susceptible software running that can be accessed.
Given that the trick is getting users to work together, the target market can often be tough to find. However with this newest research study published, several of the major media players have a distinct vulnerability when it concerns accessing and decoding subtitle plans. The 4 primary media giants noted in the article are fixed to date, but as we have actually seen in the past (just take a look at the recent SMB v1 vulnerability problem) just because a fix is readily available, doesn’t imply that users are upgrading. The research study has also declined to show the technical information around the vulnerability as to enable other vendors time to patch. That is a great indication and the correct technique I think researchers ought to take. Inform the vendor so they can fix the issue and also announce it openly so ‘we the people’ are informed and understand exactly what to watch out for.
It’s difficult to keep up with the several methods you can get infected, however at least we have scientists who relentlessly try and ‘break’ things to discover those vulnerabilities. By conducting the appropriate disclosure techniques, they help everyone enjoy a much safer experience with their devices, and in this scenario, a fantastic night in viewing motion pictures.