ABS-CBN's head of global anti-piracy and content security on Friday warned fans of Filipino films and television shows against malware sites offering supposed free access to the network's shows.
This as a recent phishing survey by Seattle-based firm DomainTools showed that two out of five US consumers have fallen victim to phishing, a form of online fraud where sites collect sensitive user information by disguising as legitimate entities.
Amid the holiday online retail rush, ABS-CBN International warned those interested in Filipino news and entertainment content that its anti-piracy efforts are finding more malware and phishing sites showing up on Google.
“To be clear, websites that appear to offer ABS-CBN TV shows and movies for free on the web other than authorized sites like TFC.tv outside of the Philippines are sites that are really attempting to grab user private information such as passwords, banking information, home address and the like,” said ABS-CBN AVP, General Counsel & Head of Global Anti-Piracy and Content Security Elisha Lawrence.
Fans worldwide were urged to remain vigilant to avoid identity theft.
Lawrence specifically cited websites such as Thingverse.com, a malware spam site that uses recent ABS-CBN TV episodes as click baits to lure viewers, and Storia.me and Crowdrise.com, which also advertise daily episodes of ABS-CBN TV shows to draw users and attempt to collect their personal information.
She warned the public against all sites claiming to have complete episodes of ABS-CBN TV shows and full feature films other than authorized sites like TFC.tv, ABS-CBN’s official accounts on video-sharing websites or social media, and reputable subscription video-on-demand services.
“TFC.tv is your online source of currently airing ABS-CBN and TFC shows and Filipino movies and it’s a very expansive hub of Filipino news and entertainment content and other exclusives,” Lawrence said.
“Be wary of other sites offering the content for free. Don’t pay the high price of losing your key private personal information to online criminals over a malicious free offer that seems too good to be true," Lawrence added.