When you use illegal streams, you risk letting criminals in. Illegal streaming services are increasingly operated by sophisticated criminal networks, often involved in other types of crime.
This site is designed to help you understand the risks, learn the facts, read the latest news and most importantly, direct you to where you can safely stream the content you love while protecting you and your household from cyber-criminals.
VIRUSES & MALWARE
When accessing illegal streams, whether through free streaming sites or via apps, add-ons or devices, you are at risk of receiving malicious software. This gives criminals access to your network or your device compromising your personal data.
ID THEFT, SCAMS & FRAUD
Streaming via illegal methods puts you at risk of being exposed to fraud and data theft. This risk increases significantly when users exchange credit or debit card information to view content on unregulated and illicit websites.
Watching content via an illicit source can expose younger viewers to age-inappropriate content. These unauthorised websites, devices, apps, add-ons, and the content they can access have no parental controls.
1 in 10 people believe they are not at risk when using illicit sources to watch TV, film or sports. In reality, illegal streams let criminals in, making it easy to hack your device, steal your money, personal data and identity.
90% OF ILLEGAL STREAMING SITES ARE CLASSIFIED AS RISKY
Cyber security experts Opentext found that of 50 illegal streaming sites analysed, 90% were classified as risky.
32% OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF FRAUD
1 in 3 (32%) people who illegally stream in the UK say they, or someone they know, have been a victim of fraud, scams, or identity theft as a result.
(Sample 1,000 nationally representative respondents by Dynata)
2.7 MILLION DEVICES HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH VIRUSES
Over 2.7 million illegal streamers have had their devices infected with viruses in the UK.
(Walnut Unlimited / Industry Trust 2022, 2023)
CRIMINALS BEHIND ILLEGAL STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE BEING JAILED
In May, individuals behind three illegal streaming operations were jailed for a total of 30 years, having fraudulently generated more than £7m.
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