Restricted Netflix access pushes users into the arms of cybercriminals

With their latest update, Netflix is ​​trying to prevent users from sharing their subscription with others.

This has created an unintended market for selling illegal Netflix Premium subscriptions on the Darknet, new research from Check Point Research shows.

Streaming giant Netflix has just started rolling out the much-discussed feature that means users can no longer share their Netflix account with friends and family outside the household. According to Check Point Research, part of Check Point Software Technologies, Netflix’s changes have created an ideal scenario for cybercriminals trying to take advantage of Netflix users looking for cheap access to the streaming service. The analysts at Check Point have indeed identified several users on the messaging service Telegram who advertise access to Netflix accounts with Premium subscriptions on the Darknet for as little as 15 kroner per month. However, Check Point warns Danish consumers to buy a Netflix account via the sellers on Telegram and Darknet – the cheap subscriptions are often stolen from unsuspecting users.

“Cybercriminals often exploit changes in consumer behavior to their advantage. The changes at Netflix are no exception, and we see many criminals trying to sell access to cheap subscriptions to streaming services via Telegram and the Darknet. However, it is important to emphasize that in the vast majority of cases these are Netflix accounts that hackers have gained access to by e.g. data leak or through phishing e-mails,” explains Balder Borup, Security Engineer at Check Point Software Technologies in Denmark. He continues:

“In addition, we have come across several cases where users have purchased a Netflix account with a Premium subscription via the Darknet, but never gained access or had their accounts blocked after a few days or weeks. Therefore, we encourage consumers not to be tempted by offers that at first glance seem too good to be true.”

Check Point also advises current users of Netflix to be aware of whether access to their Netflix account has been compromised:

“In order not to have your Netflix access information stolen, which hackers can resell, you must always remember to use a strong and secure password and keep an eye on whether others are accessing your accounts without consent. In that case, make sure you log them out and change your password immediately,” says Balder Borup.

Restricted Netflix access pushes users into the arms of cybercriminals

Example of how to sell a Netflix account via Telegram

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