Some of Disney+'s first subscribers have complained that their accounts have already been hacked and seemingly sold on the dark web.
Disney+ is finally here and has been for a few weeks now. The launch of the platform has been mixed with Disney being hit by both good news and bad news. The good news is that more than 10 million people signed up for the streaming service on day one. The bad news is that the unexpected influx of day-one viewers caused the service to crash.
Disney has now got a handle on its massive subscriber base, for the most part, but now faces another issue. Many of those subscribers are reporting that their Disney+ accounts have already been hacked, reports the New York Post. Reports of hacked accounts have been surfacing on social media since the service launched in the US on November 12, 2019.
This isn't a case of a family member muscling in on your account just like they tend to do with Netflix either. It's the far more sinister instance of account details being acquired by hackers and sold on the dark web. NYP reports that hacked accounts are being sold for as little as $3, so less than half the price of Disney+'s monthly subscription.
So how are hackers getting their hands on these account details, seemingly with very little effort? Well, according to Disney+, they must be accounts that customers have signed up to via a third party. Disney claims it has not been able to find any sort of security breach which would have allowed private details to be stolen on its end. However, some of the users who have been hacked claimed to have signed up through Disney+ and not any sort of third party.
As for these hacks deterring potential customers, well, that doesn't seem to have been the case. As mentioned above, 10 million people signed up for Disney+ on day one and the hype surrounding the new service doesn't appear to have died down since. Clearly, getting our fill of Baby Yoda and almost every single Disney movie ever released is very important to us, even if it does mean a complete stranger is watching along too without us knowing.