Tyson Fury will defend his WBC title against Deontay Wilder in a third fight between two heavyweight rivals on Saturday night.
The pay-per-view contest is one of the most awaited matches of the year for boxing fans and is expected to attract millions of spectators across the globe.
But the proliferation of links to free live streams means that most viewers may be those watching the fight illegally online, with feeds being shared on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the build-up to the fight.
NS The official broadcast on BT Sport in the UK will set people back £24.95, while those living in the US are expected to order the PPV through ESPN Plus, which costs $79.99 plus a subscription fee to ESPN+. This is prohibitively expensive for many fight fans, forcing them to look for other ways to watch fights for free.
The recent performance between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk saw thousands of free live streams pop up online, with the potential for a Fury vs.
Digital technologies like screen-sharing and feed mirroring, coupled with the rise of illegal streaming sites, have meant that finding free live streams for popular sporting events has never been easier.
They can be found through dedicated forums on sites like Reddit, as well as through major search engines like Google by searching for keywords related to the fight.
Yet this spread comes with serious risks to people’s online security, with some sites using aggressive tracking technology or even as bait to spread malware on people’s devices.
A recent campaign by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) aims to spread awareness of the risks involved, warning people that entering personal details into such sites could lead to phishing attacks designed to extort money from victims.
Despite the risks, research published to match the campaign found that 64 percent of people would be willing to risk their personal information to watch a free live stream.
Many illegal streaming sites pose no significant risk to people beyond offensive pop-up ads, although it can be difficult to isolate those sites that are actually harmful.
“The truth is these sites may look harmless, but the criminals behind them and the threats they pose are not,” said cybersecurity expert Jamie Woodruff.
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