The dream streaming site became a nightmare for thousands.
The movie is Ralph Breaks the Internet. The scene is Ralph riding an elevator down to the dark web. In a faint whisper, we hear a crooked peddler selling maiden names, social security numbers, date of births and what was that? Disney+ subscriptions?
Mere hours after the highly anticipated streaming service launched on November 12th, hackers were at their posts, seizing the accounts of thousands of unsuspecting new subscribers.
Looking to make a quick buck off their devious means, the hacked accounts were put up for sale on the dark web, anywhere from $3 to $11. You have got to be some level of crooked to steal an account then sell it for more than what the actual company sells it for. If you didn’t know, a Disney+ subscription only costs $7.
In a twisted turn of luck, Disney would experience its own technical issues with the launch of the service, disabling users from accessing the vast catalog. The immense volume of service complaints would go on to bury all those complaining that their accounts had been hacked.
The large scale breach was only brought to public attention after a report was published by ZDNet.com. Disney has denied any breach of data and is steadfast in their claims that the hacks were committed using alternative measures.
Users are being asked to change their passwords to more secure combinations and to avoid reusing passwords from other services. It is believed that a previous hack of user information facilitated the current breach, as many users keep the same login information across many services.