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Hackers are now using subtitle files to take over devices

Fresh off the WannaCry ransomware and Adylkuzz cryptocurrency miner exploits, another major vulnerability targeting video subtitles has come to light.

According to security research firm Check Point, attackers are now creating malicious files disguised as subtitles, that are then uploaded to popular subtitles repositories widely available on the Internet.

While it’s still safe for users to download the files onto their devices, the attack will happen when users play a video alongside the malicious subtitle file.

According to the demo provided by Check Point, attackers will be able to take over the victim’s device within seconds after the video is played (where the malicious file is executed in the background).

Check Point estimated that over 200 million people around the world are at risk of the attack, making it one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerabilities reported in recent years.

The security firm says that once attackers gain access to the vi…

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