People can have interest in watching movies at home in their personal systems may be at risk. A new method of hacking that infects devices with hidden computer viruses in the subtitles of online videos.
Cybersecurity firm Check Point found subtitle files for films and TV shows could be control to allow hackers. Any type of device vulnerabilities found in popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Popcorn-Time and Kodi.
Moreover malicious subtitles delivered to millions of devices automatically bypassing security software and giving the attacker full access.
Meanwhile the security firm estimates there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software.
But the media players loads the subtitles by delivering cyberattack which are hidden in online subtitle repositories by the hackers.
First, the media players from multiple subtitle formats for user experience understand the subtitles as nothing more than normal text files.
Check Point disclosed the vulnerabilities to the media player companies who released new software versions that incorporate a fix for the issue.
Important to protect and minimize the risk of attacks users may update their streaming players to the latest versions