Cyber security analysts warn hackers can hide computer viruses inside online video subtitles and use malicious software code taking control of computers.
The cyber security group Check Point discovered the flaw and states millions of people who use video software to stream films and TV shows on computers could be at risk. The attack lets hackers take “complete control” over any type of device using the malicious software which includes smart TVs. Four programs are identified to be vulnerable – VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time and Stremio.
“We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerabilities reported in recent years,” Check Point said.