Thousands of Disney+ Accounts Are Being Resold Illegally, but Disney Says Its Servers Weren’t Hacked
- 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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Max to Agrees to “Properly” Credit Writers and Directors After Facing Backlash For Lumping Them in As “Creators”
The company said the credits were laid out incorrectly due to “an oversight in the technical transition from HBO Max to Max.”
After film and television writers slammed Max for crediting all writers, producers, and directors as general “creators” on its platform, the company said it will be adjusting its credits display.
“We agree that the talent behind the content on Max deserve their work to be properly recognized,” the streaming service said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Max — the new rebrand of HBO Max that incorporates Discovery content — launched on Tuesday to much criticism. Amid glitches and app-switching confusion, the biggest backlash it faced was over the choice to lump creative roles into one credit section called “creators.” As one viral tweet noted, if a user were to select the film “Raging Bull,” the service’s display would not specifically credit Martin Scorsese as the director, rather, his name would be included at random with half a dozen other people, including writers and producers.
The decision was condemned by many in the industry who argued it minimizes writers and directors by not properly giving them credit where it is due. Especially amid the ongoing writers’ strike, and with directors and actors starting negotiations with studios, some took it as a slap in the face.
“The studios don’t want anyone to know our names,” writer Christina Strain tweeted. “It’s easier to pay us nothing if we’re faceless.”
“Another move from studios to diminish the role of writers, directors, actors and other craftspeople. Miss me wit this nonsense,” Jorge Rivera, the Vice-Chair of the Writers Guild’s Latinx Writers Committee, added.
In a statement, Directors Guild President Lesli Linka Glatter said that Warner Bros. Discovery’s choice to “collapse” these roles into one credit “while we are in negotiations with them is a grave insult to our members and our union.”
“The DGA will not stand for it,” Glatter continued.
WGA West President Meredith Stiehm claimed the move was “a credits violation,” as well as an insult “to the artists that make the films and TV shows that make their corporation billions.”
On Wednesday, Max said it would rework its crediting.
“We will correct the credits, which were altered due to an oversight in the technical transition from HBO Max to Max and we apologize for this mistake,” the platform said.
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A Quarter of Young British Men Support Andrew Tate’s Thoughts on Women
U.K. residents at large, however, do not view him favorably.
Even under house arrest in Romania, misogynist influencer Andrew Tate still holds substantial sway over young men.
According to data from YouGov that was obtained by The Independent, 26% of U.K. men between 18 and 29 years old who know of Tate agree with his views on women. That figure was largely the same for men between 30 and 39, as 28% agreed with Tate’s opinions on the subject.
Men in their 30s were slightly more likely to agree with Tate on his thoughts about masculinity. Three out of ten supported those views, compared to just a quarter of men 18 to 29.
Those statistics only include the thoughts of men who have heard of Tate, but per YouGov, most have. In the 18 to 29 group, 93% were familiar with him, and 86% of men in their 30s knew of him.
The U.K. at large was less aware of Tate, with just 63% of British adults having heard of him. Of that group, only 6% held a positive view of him.
Tate has faced substantial backlash for his sexist rhetoric over the years. In the past, he said that men should have “authority” over their wives or girlfriends, and that women should “bear some responsibility” for being raped. He was previously banned from Twitter over his extremist views on women but has since been allowed back on the platform.
He is currently being investigated in Romania for organized crime and human trafficking. He was arrested and held in custody in December but was released to house arrest earlier this year. No formal charges have been filed against him yet and he has maintained his innocence.
Tate currently boasts a Twitter following of 6.7 million. It has grown significantly since he was enveloped in legal controversy, and many of his supporters have demanded his release.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Involved in “Near Catastrophic” Paparazzi Chase
“While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety,” a spokesperson for the couple said.
“Aggressive” Paparazzi Chase Couple in New York
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were involved in a “near catastrophic” paparazzi car chase Tuesday night in New York City, according to a spokesperson for the couple.
In a statement, the spokesperson described the photographers as “highly aggressive.”
“While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety,” the statement added.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers,” it continued.
Details of the incident are still emerging, but BBC News reported that there are claims the chase involved roughly six cars driving recklessly by running red lights, driving on the sidewalk, carrying out blocking moves, going backward on a one-way road, and taking pictures while driving.
The chase happened after Harry and Meghan were leaving the Women of Vision Awards with Meghan’s mother, Doria. They did not want photographers to learn where they were staying and attempted to avoid them in what turned into a 75-minute chase on a main road in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. They eventually ducked into a New York Police Department Precinct to hide out before getting into a different vehicle.
The NYPD released a statement confirming that they assisted in protecting the couple as “numerous photographers” hindered their transport. Officials said they made it to their destination and there were no collisions, injuries, or arrests.
The couple’s spokesperson is asking the public to not share or post footage of the incident.
“Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved,” the spokesperson said.
Memories of Princess Diana
The chase evokes the brutal press hounding Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was subjected to throughout her life. The paparazzi’s obsession with her ultimately resulted in her death in 1997, when she was killed in a car crash after being chased by photographers in Paris.
Since marrying Meghan and later bowing out of the Royal Family, Harry has made it explicitly clear that he fears those events could happen again. Meghan has been the subject of endless tabloid scrutiny, enduring racism and harassment from the press. Part of the reason they left the Royal Family was to keep their family protected from such attacks.
Mayor Eric Adams brought up Diana’s tragic passing while speaking about Tuesday night’s chase.
“I don’t think there’s many of us who don’t recall how [Harry’s] mom died,” Adams said while speaking to reporters. “And it would be horrific to lose an innocent bystander during a chase like this and something to have happened to them as well…I think that was a bit reckless and irresponsible.”
Adams also questioned whether or not he believes a chase could go on for two hours in a city as congested as New York, but noted that even a 10-minute chase would be dangerous. He said he will be briefed on the exact timeline and details later.