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Beware! Subtitle Files Can Hack Your Computer While You’re Enjoying Movies

Do you watch movies with subtitles?

Just last night, I wanted to watch a French movie, so I searched for English subtitles and downloaded it to my computer.

Though that film was excellent, this morning a new research from Checkpoint scared me.

I was unaware that a little subtitle file could hand over full control of my computer to hackers, while I was enjoying the movie.

Yes, you heard that right.

A team of researchers at Check Point has discovered vulnerabilities in four of the most popular media player applications, which can be exploited by hackers to hijack “any type of device via vulnerabilities; whether it is a PC, a smart TV, or a mobile device” with malicious codes inserted into the subtitle files.

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