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Report: Disney+ Hacked, Customers’ Accounts Put Up for Sale

Nov 18, 2019  •  Post A Comment

The Disney+ streaming service has only been active since Nov. 12, but the subscription service has reportedly already been hacked.

“Hackers didn’t waste any time and have started hijacking Disney+ user accounts hours after the service launched,” ZDNet reports. “Many of these accounts are now being offered for free on hacking forums, or available for sale for prices varying from $3 to $11, a ZDNet investigation has discovered.”

As we reported previously, the service’s rollout was marked by a number of tech problems, with customers having trouble signing up, logging in and streaming. Even so, the service, which initially launched in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands, reportedly attracted more than 10 million subscribers in its first 24 hours.

“But hidden in the flood of complaints about technical issues was a smaller stream of users reporting losing access to their accounts,” ZDNet reports. “Many users reported that hackers were accessing their accounts, logging them out of all devices, and then changing the account’s email and password, effectively taking over the account and locking the previous owner out.”

The report adds: “The speed at which hackers have mobilized to monetize Disney+ accounts is astounding. Accounts were put up for sale on hacking forums within hours after the service’s launch.”

A report today by BBC News suggests that Disney is up against it when it comes to trying to resolve the issue.

“People waited on telephone and online chat lines for hours, and many still say that Disney has yet to sort their problems,” BBC News reports.

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