ALERT: Illegal Game of Thrones Download
Illegal downloading of tv shows and movies from a variety of websites is the bane of the entertainment industry. Yet it’s done all the time. Currently, the HBO series, “Game of Thrones” is the #1 download.
And CyberCriminals are ready to cash in…
Emails are being received that look like a legal violation notice from IP-Echelon, which is the company that enforces copyright claims for companies such as HBO. The email states that the person receiving the notice has illegally downloaded “Game of Thrones”, or other copyright-protected entertainment and that unless they pay a settlement within 72 hours, the matter will be turned over to their attorneys.
When you click on the link provided, you are directed to a website where you can pay your “settlement”.
The people on the other side of the website, are CyberCriminals, not a copyright-protection agency.
In general, it’s a bad idea to illegally download shows and movies for two reasons:
- You are violating copyrights, which can turn out to be very expensive when you get sued.
- The websites promising these downloads are often compromised and infect your computer with all kinds of malware.
If you’ve received a notice and want to verify if this is for real or not, contact the real IP-Echelon directly which you can do here: https://www.ip-echelon.com/contact-us/