Aussies Warned About Illegally Downloading Game Of Thrones Final Season

We’ve been waiting for this moment for a couple of decades and fever pitch hasn’t been higher for a TV show.

Aussies will get to feast on the final season of Game of Thrones from now and folks could not be more excited.

When there are two or three ways of legally seeing the show, it is no secret that many people will download it because, well, it’s 2019 and a few people don’t have access to Foxtel.

But Aussies are being warned there could be some severe dangers to doing so and we are not discussing the cops banging on your door asking why you’ve downloaded an HBO show.

Season seven was the very pirated series ever, with more than a billion downloads and flows happening between the first and final episode.

These downloads are laced with possibly harmful viruses which are extremely nasty, based on Kaspersky Labs. While downloading something such as this always carries a risk of infecting your computer, viruses embedded in Game of Thrones episodes were discovered to be really, really bad.


Kaspersky Labs said in a statement:”Game of Thrones accounted for 17 percent of all of the infected pirated content in 2018, with 20,934 users assaulted, despite being the only TV show in the list that didn’t have new episodes published in 2018.

“The common theme we had the ability to spot was that the first and final episodes were utilized as a disguise for malware each season.

“Also, the titles of the opening and closing episodes of each season were used the most knowingly to hide malware compared to other episodes.”

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

A whopping 33 different types of malware were discovered during the investigation, with the Trojan being the most destructive.

So it’s no surprise that Kaspersky is warning people to just watch it legally and not suffer the consequences. It is very tempting, particularly in the event that you don’t have Foxtel or even iTunes/Google accounts to buy the episodes, but it is going to make the world a safer place.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.