Check Point spells out hacking vulnerability of TV and movie subtitle files04:33

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Published on January 20, 2018

This has to be the weirdest hacking attack idea we’ve seen in a while: according to online security firm Check Point, hackers can take control of your PC, phone or streaming box through subtitles.

No joke: Check Point says that hackers could insert malicious code into the text files that facilitate the onscreen translations of your favorite foreign film, and they’ve highlighted four apps they say are especially vulnerable: PopcornTime, Kodi, VLC and Stremio.

At this time, Check Point says they are not aware of anyone now using the idea; CheckPoint actually pulled off the hack as a proof of concept exercise. Fortunately, they’ve also posted links and instructions to solve the issues in those apps, but at this point, some of the fixes include some advanced computer skills. However, you can bet those app makers are scrambling to update their code to prevent a subtitle hack attack, so make sure your app gets updated.

Check Point details the hack and fixes here:

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