Chuck Leaver – You Are Vulnerable To Security Threats If You Use Movie Subtitles

Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Chuck Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Do you like viewing motion pictures with all the rage apps like Kodi, SmartTV or VLC on your devices? How about needing or desiring subtitles with those motion pictures and simply getting the current pack from OpenSubtitles. No problem, sounds like a great evening in your home. Problem is, according to a research study by Check Point, you could be in for a nasty surprise.

For the hackers to take control of your ‘world’, they need a vector or some way to gain entry to your system. There are some common ways that happen these days, such as clever (and not so creative) social engineering techniques. Getting emails that appear to come from friends 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 alignment part is not that tough, just that you have some vulnerable software application running that can be accessed.

Since the technique is getting users to cooperate, the target market can sometimes be difficult to find. But with this latest research study posted, several of the significant media giants have a special vulnerability when it pertains to accessing and decoding subtitle packages. The 4 primary media giants noted in the post are fixed to date, but as we have actually seen in the past (just take a look at the recent SMB v1 vulnerability concern) even if a repair is offered, does not indicate that users are updating. The research has actually also declined to reveal the technical details around the exploit as to allow other suppliers time to patch. That is an excellent sign and the correct approach I believe scientists must take. Alert the supplier so they can repair the concern and also reveal it publicly so ‘we individuals’ are notified and understand what to watch out for.

It’s difficult to stay up to date with the numerous methods you can get infected, but at least we have scientists who relentlessly try and ‘break’ things to discover those vulnerabilities. By performing the appropriate disclosure techniques, they assist everyone delight in a safer experience with their devices, and in this scenario, a great night in viewing motion pictures.