Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will face former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyak on Saturday in one of the most talked-about boxing bouts of the year.
Close to 70,000 people will flock to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, and many more are ready to watch Official Live Stream at Sky Sports Box Office.
However, expect to find millions more looking for illegal live streams to avoid paying the £24.95 pay-per-view fee and watch the fight for free.
Thousands of links to the free live stream are ready to be shared via dedicated forums on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, as well as on popular sites like Reddit.
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Illegal streaming websites are also readily available when searching for keywords related to the fight on major search engines like Google.
The proliferation of free online streams, along with people’s desire to bypass paywalls to access live content, prompted the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) this week to launch a massive campaign to crack down on piracy.
The campaign wants to warn web users about the dangers of clicking on links to free live streams, with experts claiming that some services use aggressive tracking technology.
Cybersecurity expert Jamie Woodruff said, “Even the simplest illegal sites will routinely record your IP address, track your location and even use your device for cryptocurrency.” Will do it too.”
“There have also been occasions where connected devices such as webcams have been inadvertently hacked, due to users downloading fake web players that installed malware on their machines.”
What’s even more worrying for web users is the risk involved when entering personal details to sign up for an illegal service, as it can be used for phishing attacks aimed at extorting money from victims. Research published to match the campaign found that nearly half of those surveyed in the UK would be willing to share their email address to gain access to free live streams, despite being aware of the risks.
An analysis of a former Anthony Joshua fight found that 13 million people saw their first performance with Andy Ruiz, with nearly 30,000 separate links to streams discovered by piracy analytics firm Musso.
Not all streams pose a risk to those watching them, many of whom generate revenue simply by showing ads online – even if the offensive pop-ups are difficult to turn off.
The anti-piracy campaign also warned that watching unofficial live streams is illegal, although no one has been arrested for watching just one. Police action instead focused on those who service the streams and host the sites, although last year notices were issued to thousands of customers for piracy service.
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