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Disney+ user accounts are already getting hacked

Published Nov 18th, 2019 1:52PM EST
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The launch of Disney+ thus far has been something of a mixed bag. On one hand, Disney was able to get 10 million users to sign up for its fledgling service, an impressive figure no matter how you look at it. On the other hand, the service’s debut was not without its share of frustrations as users experienced a range of technical difficulties when it came to actually accessing Disney’s vast catalog of content. While some users experienced slow streaming speeds, others were unable to connect to the service at all.

Disney naturally attributed the issues to swelling consumer demand.

“The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our highest expectations,” the company said in a statement. “While we are pleased by this incredible response, we are aware of the current user issues and are working to swiftly resolve them. We appreciate your patience.”

Disney, to its credit, managed to address the aforementioned connectivity issues rather quickly. But now the company faces another and much more worrisome issue — hijacked accounts.

A new report from ZDNet relays that hackers have started hijacking thousands of user accounts, changing the login information, and putting the new credentials up for sale on online forums. Consequently, some Disney+ subscribers have been completely locked out of their accounts.

The tweets below highlights what some users are experiencing:

As to how the hackers are accessing these accounts, it appears that some impacted users were using credentials that were previously leaked via other hacks. Other users, though, claim to have used original passwords and still saw their accounts compromised.

This suggests that in some cases hackers gained access to accounts by using email and password combos leaked at other sites, while in other cases the Disney+ credentials might have been obtained from users infected with keylogging or info-stealing malware.

Credentials for hijacked accounts are reportedly selling in the $3-$11 range. Interestingly, some posters are making Disney+ login and password information available for free to anyone who gets there first.

Per usual, new Disney+ subscribers would be well-advised to use a strong and completely new password when creating an account.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.