- A cyber-security researcher discovered that since the streaming service launched last week, more than 4,000 Disney+ accounts were hacked and put up for sale on the dark web.
- Some of those stolen accounts are being sold for as little as $3.
- There is also fear that hackers could use the stolen accounts to access other Disney-linked accounts, such as ones for theme park tickets or the Disney Store.
- A Disney spokesperson said Disney servers have not been hacked, which suggests that individual users were instead.
Disney+ Accounts Hacked
Thousands of Disney+ accounts have been hacked and are being re-sold on the dark web just a week after the streaming service went live in North America.
In its first day alone, over 10 million people signed up for the service. Many then flooded social media either to talk about old shows they were re-watching or to complain about the site crashing. At the same time, however, a smaller group of people reported that their accounts had been stolen.
Even on November 12th, the day Disney+ was released, people said they were receiving multiple emails telling them their emails and passwords had been changed.
The problem only grew over the weekend as people tweeted pictures of users on their profiles that they did not recognize. Other people said hackers had changed their emails and passwords multiple times, resulting in those users being locked out of their accounts altogether.
Others reported waiting on the phone for hours to get their accounts back, Some customers were ultimately successful while others remained locked out.
How Much Are These Accounts Going For?
A subscription to Disney+ is about $7 dollars a month, but according to an investigation by ZDNet, the stolen accounts were being posted for sale from anywhere between $3 and $11. The site also reports that some accounts were being shared freely.
In its own investigation, the BBC brought in a cyber-security researcher to look into those claims, and in an article posted Tuesday morning, that researcher found more than 4,000 Disney+ accounts for sale on the dark web.
In fact, the listings for stolen accounts not only show what kind of subscription a person bought but also where that subscription was bought, when the user signed up, and when the account expires.
Stolen Disney Accounts Could Result in More Stolen Data
But the problem doesn’t stop with just Disney+ accounts.
It’s likely that many of the accounts were probably stolen because people use the same passwords for different sites. Because of that, it’s possible that some Disney+ accounts were hacked by using other accounts that had already been hacked.
That, however, can also work in reverse since Disney accounts are linked together. That fear has led to worry that people’s Disneyland or Disneyworld tickets may also be compromised.
In fact, some people have already complained that their Disney Vacation Club accounts had been hacked along with Disney+.
Disney Denies Their Servers Were Hacked
For its part, Disney has said that it doesn’t believe that its systems have been compromised.
“Disney takes the privacy and security of our users’ data very seriously and there is no indication of a security breach on Disney+,” a spokesperson said.
That, however, does not mean that a problem with hacked accounts does not exist; rather, the data was likely stolen in another way, such as through repeated passwords.
Because of that, many who had been hacked have called for Disney+ to implement a two-factor authentication system. Such a system would not protect an individual falling victim to spyware or malware attacks, which are believed to have also played a role in the hacks.
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“Emancipation” Producer Apologizes, Hopes He Did Not “Distract” From Film’s Message By Bringing Photo of Enslaved Man to Premiere
He said he plans on donating his collection of historical images to appropriate institutions.
McFarland Brings “Whipped Pete” Photo to Premiere
“Emancipation” producer Joey McFarland apologized on Sunday after facing backlash for bringing the original 1863 photo of the enslaved person the film is based on to the premiere.
“I wholeheartedly apologize to everyone I have offended by bringing a photograph of Peter to the Emancipation premiere,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram. “My intent was to honor this remarkable man and to remind the general public that his image not only brought about change in 1863 but still resonates and promotes change today.”
The photo, frequently dubbed “Whipped Peter,” is one of the most famous images depicting the gruesome realities of slavery in America. He is facing away from the camera, revealing the severe scarring all across his back. According to the Library of Congress, the formerly enslaved man was actually named Gordon. Will Smith plays him in “Emancipation,” which follows his escape from slavery.
While walking the red carpet of the film’s premiere, McFarland carried the photo with him.
“I have the photo. This is the original photograph from 1863,” he told Variety. “I wanted it to be here tonight. I wanted a piece of Peter to be here tonight.”
While lamenting the fact that so many historical artifacts have not been properly preserved, McFarland told Variety that he “took it upon [him]self to curate and build a collection for future generations.” He said his collection will be donated after he dies.
His remarks were met with swift criticism from those who thought it was inappropriate for McFarland to not just own the picture, but to bring it to a Hollywood event.
“Why do you own the photograph? Why did you bring it to a movie premiere if the intent is to preserve it respectfully?” The Black List founder Franklin Leonard tweeted.
“I don’t know, man, but bringing ‘a piece of Peter’ that you ‘own’ to the red carpet of a movie that’s personally enriching you so that you can collect more slave memorabilia that you’ll keep until your death,” he added along with a giphy of Kenan Thompson saying “yikes.”
McFarland Acknowledges Historical Photos “Belong to the World”
Others argued that the photo should belong to Gordon’s family.
“Being in possession of a symbol that reflects our trauma is exactly what our oppressor would do. He is his ancestor’s child,” another person added.
In his apology, McFarland said that he hopes his actions “don’t distract from the film’s message, Peter’s story and just how much impact he had on the world.”
Throughout the development of “Emancipation,” McFarland said he discovered many photos of overlooked individuals with important historical stories. He said he always planned to donate them and believes “there is no better time to begin that process than now.”
“These photographs, which existed before me, will be around long after I am gone; they belong to the world,” he wrote.
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Joe Rogan Holds Spot As Top Podcaster on Spotify in 2022
Earlier this year, some threatened to boycott the platform over Rogan and the health misinformation he shared on his show.
For the third year in a row, “The Joe Rogan Experience” was the number one podcast on Spotify, the company revealed in its yearly “Wrapped” feature on Wednesday.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” became exclusive to Spotify in 2020 after the host signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming platform. “Call Her Daddy” by Alex Cooper, also a Spotify exclusive, followed Rogan on the charts. “Anything Goes With Emma Chamberlain,” which will become exclusive to the service next year, came in third.
Rogan’s podcast has made several headlines over the last year as the podcaster faced backlash from medical professionals and major musicians for touting COVID-19 misinformation. Niel Young asked to have his music removed from Spotify in protest of the company’s deal with Rogan, and several other artists soon followed.
Just a few days later, several clips resurfaced of Rogan using a racial slur. Many called to boycott Spotify for platforming Rogan, but his popularity did not seem to fade by the year’s end.
There are over four million podcasts available to stream on Spotify and over the last year, the platform has expanded into new markets.
It also has started launching podcasts from several high-profile figures, including Kim Kardashian’s “The System,” and Meghan Markle’s “Archetypes.” Both of those debuted mid-year and did not crack the annual top-five list.
Comedian Gives David Beckham Ultimatum: Exit Role at Qatar World Cup Or £10K in Donations Gets Shredded
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded,” Joe Lycett said in a video.
Pressure on Beckham
Comedian Joe Lycett posted a video on Sunday saying he would shred £10,000 if soccer star David Beckham does not pull out of his deal to be an ambassador for the Qatar World Cup.
Ahead of the event, which kicks off on Nov. 20, many have been raising concerns about human rights abuses in Qatar. The country criminalizes homosexuality, and it can be punishable by death.
Beckham’s deal to represent the country was reportedly worth £10 million, and many are frustrated that the athlete took such a big check from a country with known anti-LGBTQ laws. In his video, Lycett noted that Beckham has been openly supportive of his gay fans and was the first premiere footballer to do a photoshoot with a gay magazine.
In an attempt to get Beckham to bow out of his role, Lycett, who is pansexual, offered an ultimatum.
“If you end your relationship with Qatar, I’ll donate this £10,000 of my own money, that’s a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting, to charities that support queer people in football,” he stated. “However, if you do not, at midday next Sunday, I will throw this money into a shredder.”
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded.”
Beckham’s Reputation “Shredded”
Lycett said he would livestream the money shredding if that’s what the situation comes to. If Beckham does not back out of the World Cup, Lycett noted he will be forced to “commit what might be a crime,” as destroying legal tender is against the law in the U.K.
“Although even then, I reckon I’ll get off more lightly than I would if I got caught whacking off a lad in Doha,” Lycett quipped.
Lycett then linked to a website titled https://benderslikebeckham.com/, which includes a written version of his message, as well as a countdown to when he will either shred the cash or send it to a non-profit.
Lycett is not the only U.K star to raise concerns about issues in Qatar. Singer Dua Lipa shut down speculation that she would be performing at the World Cup over the weekend by saying she has no intentions to visit the country until “it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host” the event.
Other stars, however, including BTS’s Jung Kook, are slated to take the stage.