Nov 19, 2019

Disney+ accounts hacked, likely due to password reuse


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Hacked Disney+ accounts showed up for sale on dark web criminal markets almost immediately after Disney's new streaming service went live, reported ZDNet.

The big picture: The hijacking of account credentials no doubt came as a shock to the affected users, who suddenly found their passwords changed and their accounts inaccessible. But it's a commonplace occurrence in a world where many users reuse passwords from one service to another.

Details:

  • Accounts on Netflix, Hulu and other services are also widely on sale.
  • Users typically lose control of their accounts either because they've reused passwords from other sites that have been compromised, or they chose extremely common passwords that hackers could guess.
  • Hackers use automated systems to try usernames, email addresses and passwords taken from sites breached days, months or years in the past on new sites.
  • Some users have claimed to have unique passwords stolen — which, if accurate, could mean those account login details were stolen using malware. However, that's rarely the norm for this kind of theft.

The bottom line: Disney+ accounts are now said to be on sale for between $3 and $11 dollars. When the next big streaming service launches, expect access to that site's accounts to go on sale as well.

Go deeper: Most retail site traffic aims to steal accounts

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Twitter pauses plan to delete inactive accounts

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Twitter said Wednesday it was putting on hold a plan to delete inactive accounts amid concerns that accounts from deceased users would be swept up in the purge.

Why it matters: While it's great to see Twitter clearing out the accounts of living people who aren't using them, Twitter also represents an important record of those no longer here.

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Disney+ looks upward, beyond glitches

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The Disney+ streaming service's launch was met with technical issues, compromised passwords and a whole lot of demand.

What's next: The company is looking forward, not back, with a top executive saying that the company won't rely as heavily on data as rival Netflix did in building its service or creating its content.

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Member of group that hacked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account arrested

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Motherboard reported Sunday that a former member of a hacker group notorious for taking over social media accounts was arrested earlier this month, citing law enforcement and members of the group.

Driving the news: According to Motherboard, authorities arrested a onetime member of "Chuckling Squad," a notorious group that, among other mischief, took over Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Twitter account in August. That hacker, an unnamed minor, had previously been kicked out of the group

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