World Cup 2018 live stream channels that let fans watch matches online for free could endanger viewers

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Only three teams remain in the 2018 Fifa World Cup, with the semi-final between England and Croatia set to decide who will face France in the final. More people than ever before are expected to watch the game through websites hosting links to live streams , though experts warn not all of them will be safe.The match is set to kick off at 7pm BST on Wednesday, with football fans in the UK able to tune in via the ITV website . Many fans further afield, however, will be seeking to bypass paywalls blocking them from watching the semi-final fixture.Thousands of live feeds are appearing on websites with links to watch the game , but cyber security experts warn that such sites – many of which are easily accessible through search engines like Google – could infect the computers and devices of visitors.The proliferation of illegal live streaming sites for the World Cup has prompted warnings from cybersecurity experts that people could put themselves at risk if they view matches on illegal websites.“It’s become a lucrative business for malicious actors to host illegal streaming websites – and the World Cup is a perfect opportunity for them," Chris Hodson from the cybersecurity firm Zscaler, told The Independent ."While sports fans prepare to stream their favourite teams’ games, the increased interest in the tournament will also attract the attention of cyber criminals who’ve produced a variety of ways to trick fans into downloading malicious code and unwittingly giving up account credentials."These account credentials, Mr Hodson warned, are often used over multiple sites, meaning cyber criminals could gain access to individual's email accounts and bank accounts."These sites are made to look legitimate and will often overlay a video with an ad that has a fake close or even play button," Hoyt told The Independent . "Users will attempt to ‘close’ the ad to enable a full view of the video but behind the scenes malware will be installed on their computer or device as a result of that single click."Another threat posed by illegal streaming sites is something known as cryptomining, whereby people's computers are used to secretly mine cryptocurrency.“Illegal streaming sites are illegal by nature and are riddled with malicious software," said Joep Gommers, CEO at EclecticIQ."The machines of users visiting those sites are mostly attacked in the form of drive-by-downloads, which means that malware is downloaded when visiting a website, completely without the user’s knowledge. Currently, a very common type of malware is cryptomining." Steve Mulhearn, director of enhanced technologies at Fortinet, told The Independent that fans who risk visiting these sites should follow certain precautions to minimise the danger. Follow the Independent Sport on Instagram here, for all of the best images, videos and stories from around the sporting world....