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'Pirate Netflix' lets hackers take over your computer

'Pirate Netflix' lets hackers take over your computer
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It's one of the most popular streaming video sites on the Web. I've warned you about it before, but now we're seeing the consequences. Hackers can hit you through this site, and hit you hard. It's all thanks to the tactic the site uses to avoid being shut down by ISPs. It gives hackers a way onto your computer.

If you love free movies and don't mind pirated films, then you've probably heard of Popcorn Time. This relatively new site holds a collection of hundreds and hundreds pirated movies that you can stream to your TV for free.

But Popcorn Time's sketchy Web practices have left a big loophole in its coding, making it as easy as pie for hackers to break in to your computer.

In order to get around Internet Service Providers' (ISP) strict illegal content guidelines, the site connects directly to the CloudFlare network that hosts thousands of websites in addition to Popcorn Time. So if an ISP wanted to block or remove the site, it would need to shut down the entire CloudFlare network and the websites hosted on it.

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