Security service Symantec is reporting a rise in Netflix accounts being hacked and passwords being sold for as little as 25¢. Symantec reports that thousands of Netflix account passwords are being stolen through a phishing campaign which redirects users to a fake Netflix website. Once a user inputs their credentials into the appropriate boxes the game is over and then the thieves sell those phished credentials for a measly 25¢ on a black market website.
Symantec isn’t clear on how many accounts have been compromised so far but they have information from one black market seller that they have over 300,000 passwords “in stock” (how cute). The kicker here is, the sellers of the passwords make it clear to the buyer they shouldn’t change any of the account information of the target account. This is to avoid detection that the target account has been compromised. Basically if you’re buying these passwords, it is for the sole purposes of watching Netflix without paying for it.
There are a couple of things you can do to prevent this from happening to you. First, don’t open emails from Netflix asking for you to login, maybe don’t open any Netflix emails period. If you’re interested in a show being sent to you via email then simply close the email and login to Netflix how you normally would and search for that show. The other thing you can do is change your password right away, remember, these thieves are not changing anything in stolen accounts. They are leaving the accounts as is with the same logins and passwords so as not to be detected.
Have you noticed any strange activity on your Netflix account? Do you think you were a victim of this phishing scam? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Source: TNW
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