Did you know? Hackers like watching movies as much as they like stealing your stuff. It's true. Now I know that most of us have had bigger things to worry about like this small matter of a global pandemic but it always seems that the small things are the ones that tend to bite us in the a.. Well you know what I mean.
So while we were all stuck at home binge-watching our favorite films and series, hackers were hard at work. What? You think Cybercrime takes a sick day?
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video traffic were at an all-time high. According to The Nielsen Company, a global marketing research firm, found that the average number of minutes spent streaming video content during the CoronaVirus Pandemic was roughly 163 Billion minutes of content consumption. Streaming content was at an all-time high while people around the world were self-quarantining and looked for ways to pass the time indoors. That's up from this time last year when users consumed roughly 70 billion minutes of streaming content.
So you might be wondering what’s the BIG deal? Let me put it into perspective. According to Forbes and INC Magazine just days after Disney launched its new streaming service during the month of November 2019, thousands of user credentials were being sold on hacking forums. How can this be you might wonder. Of course Disney rejected the claim that they had been hacked, which led some to believe that this was actually the result of a different kind of cyber-attack.
So how did they do it and how does this affect you? Hackers who steal this type of information do what is called a credential stuffing. Credential stuffing is where hackers use credentials from past data breaches and or list of older user data to try and figure out other types of accounts that also have the same credentials. People tend to be creatures of habit. What do I mean? Most computer users tend to use the same usernames and passwords for most if not all of their logins and passwords. What this means is weak and or reused passwords are the culprit behind these attacks.
So what can you do?
Losing access to your favorite streaming service would be terrible on any day, but you really wouldn’t want to go through that right now during these times of uncertainty let alone lose access to your identity or your good credit standings. Here’s what you'll need to do to keep all your streaming service accounts safe:
Now that each of your accounts have their own unique password (This is key. DO NOT REUSE THE SAME PASSWORD FOR EACH ACCOUNT! That's how we got here in the first place...), you’ve decreased the chances of having your accounts compromised in a credential stuffing attack. I know that this seems like a pain but:
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