Hackers could be selling lifetime access to your Netflix subscription for just $0.50.
A recent report by McAfee Labs revealed you can buy access to “many online streaming entertainment” services, like Netflix and Spotify, in “Dark Web” marketplaces. These marketplaces can only be accessed using a special internet browser called TOR that hides your IP address.
According to McAfee Labs, stolen HBO NOW and HBO GO accounts, as well as other cable streaming services, can be bought for less than $10. Premium pro sports services will run you about $15.
But do the accounts work?
You might assume that if you buy access to someone else’s Netflix account, it will get shut down fairly quickly, but this is not necessarily the case.
Raj Samani, the CTO of Intel Security, told Tech Insider that these marketplaces are highly competitive for sellers, and some provide a “guarantee” you’ll have a lifetime subscription.
“I don’t want to call it a risk-free transaction but they try to make it as risk-free as they possibly can,” Samani told Tech Insider. He says one marketplace actually has its own help desk.
Samani says these accounts are probably based on both stolen credit card information and account information.
Here is a sample listing for a Netflix account:
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